Margaret Cousins gained prominence during the early twentieth century as a magazine writer and editor, and as the author of children's books. Born on January 26, 1905, she began her writing career in 1927 as an associate editor of Southern Pharmaceutical Journal in Dallas, Texas. She moved to New York City in 1937, joining the staff of the Hearst Promotion Service as a copywriter in 1938.
Following four years with Hearst, she accepted a position with Good Housekeeping magazine, serving as editor from 1945 to 1958. During this time, she began to write children's stories. The first of these, Uncle Edgar and the Reluctant Saint, was published in 1948. Cousins was subsequently hired by McCall's; she remained there until 1961, when she took a position of senior editor at Doubleday & Co. Over a twenty-five year period, she published over two hundred short stories in both the United States and seventeen foreign countries. She died on July 30, 1996, in San Antonio, Texas.
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