Biography of Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen was born in New York City on February 11, 1939 to Isabel Berlin Yolen and Will Hyatt Yolen. She is the author and editor of hundreds of books across a variety of genres. In addition to The Devil's Arithmetic, she is the author of the Commander Toad series, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight, The Emperor and the Kite, for which she received a Caldecott Medal, and Sister Emily's Nightship, which earned her a Nebula Award. At the 2010 World Fantasy Awards, she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Yolen graduated from Smith College in 1960 with her Bachelor's Degree and she earned her Master's Degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1976. She was married to computer scientist David Stemple, with whom she had three children and numerous grandchildren, from 1962 until his death in 2006. Yolen now resides in Hatfield, Massachusetts and St Andrews, Scotland.

Study Guides on Works by Jane Yolen

First published in 1988, The Devil's Arithmetic is a historical fiction novel by Jane Yolen. The story revolves around Hannah Stern, a Jewish girl living in New Rochelle, New York. Tired of hearing her older relatives talk about the past,...