Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Field, Rachel

(1894-1942) US writer primarily noted for realistic adult and children's novels, though she made one noteworthy contribution to fantasy – Hitty, Her First Hundred Years (1929), the memoirs of a sentient (though immobile) Doll – for which she became the first woman to win the Newbery Medal for Children's Literature. Happy with her existence, Hitty is a singular example of a doll who does not want to be human (see Real Boy), and her story provides interesting commentary on the joys and liabilities of Immortality. [LL]

Rachel Field


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.