Nebraska Authors

Gretchen Burnham Sprague

AKA: Mrs. Elmer D. Sprague, Jr.

Born 1926-03-26 Scottsbluff, NE (USA)

Died 2003-10-18
Cold Spring, NY (USA)

Gretchen Burnham was the Student Associate Editor of the Prairie Schooner, working with Professor Lowery Wimberly at the University of Nebraska in the 1940s. She worked as a Legal Services Attorney in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of several mysteries.

Places Lived

Scottsbluff, NE
Lincoln, NE
Cold Spring, NY
Brooklyn, NY

Author Of

  • Fiction




High School Diploma, Lincoln High School, Lincoln, NE
Bachelor's Degree in English, 1947, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE


Legal Services Attorney

Places Worked

Prairie Schooner


Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Fiction for Signpost to Terror.


A Question of Harmony. 1965.
Signpost to Terror. 1967.
White in the Moon. 1968.
Death in Good Company. 1997.
Maquette for Murder: A Martha Patterson Mystery. 2000.
Murder in a Heat Wave. 2003.
Death by Thunder. 2005.

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