ELIZABETH GRAY VINING AUTOGRAPHED FLY LEAF


Elizabeth Janet Gray Vining was born 1902 – died 1999. Elizabeth Gray Vining was a professional librarian and author who tutored Emperor Akihito of Japan in English while he was the crown prince. She was also a noted author. Her children’s book, Adam of the Road, received the Newbery Award in 1943. Vining soon became known as an author, primarily of children’s books, and was awarded the 1943 Newbery Medal for Adam of the Road. She had published eleven books by the end of World War II. During the Allied occupation of Japan after the war, Vining was selected by Emperor Hirohito himself (and not the U.S. government, as is erroneously believed by some) to become a private tutor to Crown Prince Akihito, the heir apparent of the Imperial House of Japan. She did this from 1946 to 1950. As part of her teaching program, she arranged for closely supervised occasions when four Western teen-aged boys in Tokyo would get together to help the crown prince practice English conversation. In addition to teaching English language skills, Vining introduced the children of the Imperial Household, Prince Hitachi and princesses Kazuko, Atsuko, and Takako, to Western values and culture. She also lectured at Gakushuin University and at Tsuda College. For her work, she was awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure, third class, shortly before her return to the United States in 1950. After her return to the United States, Vining wrote a book about her experiences in Japan in Windows for the Crown Prince, which appeared in 1952. Vining wrote over 60 fiction and non-fiction books in her lifetime. Original Elizabeth Gray Vining Autographed Fly Leaf, approx. size: 8 1/4 inch x 5 1/4 inch. Regular Price – $ 85.00 / Sale Price – $ 48.00.

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