Nebraska Authors

Kenetha Thomas Merrill

AKA: pseud. Cenethe Thomas

She apparently preferred the pronunciation suggested by "Cenetha" and used that as her pen name.

Born 1900-07-16 Morrowville, KS (USA)

Died 1989

An artist and illustrator who wrote a children's book, Merrill was the sister of Dorothy Thomas. The author was also acquainted with Lowry Wimberly, Rudolf Umland, and Loren Eiseley.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE (1914-40, and 1955-72)
Battle Lake, Alberta, Canada
New York, NY
Washington, DC
Los Angeles and San Diego County, CA
Santa Rosa, CA

Author Of

  • Visual Work
  • Fiction


Book Illustration; Children's Literature; History; Folklore


University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, Chicago, IL
Grand Central School of Art, New York, NY



Places Worked

The Nebraska Farmer as staff artist during 20's and 30's and also wrote poems and short stories


Sister of Dorothy Thomas


Michel's Singing Sword. 1937.
Neihardt: The Music of What Happens. 1970. (illustrator of the book by Bess Eileen Day)

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