Way Back When... 1959
Published 9:49 am, Monday, January 22, 2018
Did you know author Edward Eager set two of his children’s books in the town: “Magic or Not” (1959) and “The Well-Wishers” (1960).
Eager was born in and grew up in Toledo, Ohio, and attended Harvard University. After graduation, he moved to New York City, where he lived for 14 years before moving to New Canaan.
He married Jane Eberly in 1938 and they had a son, Fritz.
Eager was a childhood fan of L. Frank Baum’s Oz series, and started writing children’s books when he could not find stories he wanted to read to his young son. In his books, Eager often acknowledges his debt to E. Nesbit, whom he thought of as the best children’s author of all time.
A well-known lyricist and playwright, Eager died on Oct. 23, 1964, in Stamford at the age of 53.