Dorothy Gilman Mini Bio


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Dorothy Gilman Personal Information:


Born June 25, 1923, in New Brunswick, NJ; daughter of James Bruce (a minister) and Essa (Starkweather) Gilman
Passed Away on February 2, 2012

Married Edgar A. Butters, Jr. (a teacher), September 15, 1945 (divorced, 1965)

Children: Christopher Butters, Jonathan Butters.


Attended Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1940-45, University of Pennsylvania and Art Students’ League, 1963-64.


Authors Guild.


Samuel Fleischer Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA, instructor in drawing in adult evening school, two years; switchboard operator, New Jersey Bell Telephone Co., one year; Cherry Lawn School, Darien, CT, instructor in creative writing, 1969-70.


Catholic Book Award for A Nun in the Closet. Source: Contemporary Authors Online. The Gale Group, 2001.

Contact Information:

Agent: Howard Morhaim Literary Agency, 175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010-7703.
To ask your questions about getting all of Dorothy Gilman’s books converted over to eBook format or any other questions you might have about her work please contact her Agent on their website below

Ms. Gilman also has biographical listings in the following databases:

St. James Guide to Crime & Mystery Writers, 4th ed. St. James Press, 1996.

The Complete Marquis Who’s Who TM. Marquis Who’s Who, 2001.

Almanac of Famous People, 6th ed. Gale Research, 1998.


The last word.(Dorothy Gilman)(Brief article)

“The last word.(Dorothy Gilman)(Brief article). .” New Moon. 14.4 (March-April 2007): 49(1). General One File. Gale. Jacksonville Public Library (FL). 21 Sept. 2007

Full Text:COPYRIGHT 2007 Copyright 2001 by New Moon Publishing. Subscriptions: New Moon: The Magazine for Girls and Their Dreams. $29/yr. New Moon Publishing, P.O.Box 3587, Duluth, MN 55803. 800-381-4743.

“People need dreams, there’s as much nourishment in’em as food.”
–Dorothy Gilman, Caravan, 1992.

Dorothy Gilman started writing when she was 9. At 11, she competed against 10 to 16-year-olds in a story contest and won first place. Dorothy worked as an art teacher and telephone operator before becoming an author. She wrote children stories for more than ten years and then began writing adult novels about Mrs. Pollifax–a retired grandmother who becomes a CIA agent. The Mrs. Pollifax series made Dorothy famous. While her stories nourish people’s thirst for adventure and mystery, Dorothy knows about nourishing the body as well. She used to live on a farm in Nova Scotia, where she grew medicinal herbs. Her knowledge of herbs comes through in many of her stories, including A Nun in the Closet, in which a nun treats a man’s wounds with the herbs growing nearby. Many of Dorothy’s books, including Caravan, feature strong women having adventures around the world. Dorothy lives in Connecticut and Maine.

Gale Document Number:A160541336

A Very Young Dorothy Gilman Butters