Discipline: Literature

Margaret Banister

Discipline: Literature
MacDowell fellowships: 1967
Margaret Banister (1894-1977) was an American writer born and raised in Lynchburg, Virginia. Banister graduated from Sweet Briar College in Amherst, Virginia before moving to Washington, DC to work as a writer for The Washingtonian magazine. During World War II Banister worked as an information specialist in the war department, and continued on to work for the Pentagon where she remained for 15 years. She wrote several short stories as well as two historical novels, Tears Are for the Living (1963) and Burn Then, Little Lamp (1966).



Margaret Banister worked in the Mansfield studio.

The Helen Coolidge Mansfield Studio was donated by graduates of the Mansfield War Service Classes for Reconstruction Aides. Helen Mansfield helped found the New York MacDowell Club. The small, shingled frame structure with stone foundation was originally fronted on the west side by a neat white picket fence and gate, a garden, and a stone pathway…

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