Nebraska Authors

Ruth Beverly Crone

Born 1919-06-24 Lincoln, NE (USA)

Died 2003-12-23
Omaha, NE (USA)

Beatrice, NE (USA)
Evergreen Cemetery

Ruth Crone's career as a writer included a tour of duty in China on behalf of the U.S. State Department in 1949, and she had worked as a reporter for the New York Times and also for the Beatrice Daily Sun in Nebraska. Crone worked as an information specialist before becoming a professor of English at various Midwest colleges.

Crone's manuscripts are held in the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
Beatrice, NE
Peru, NE
Omaha, NE
Superior, WI
St. Peter, MN
Madison, SD
Washington D.C.
New York City, NY
Shanghai, CHINA
Seoul, KOREA
Tokyo, JAPAN

Author Of

  • Biography
  • Journalism


Literary Biography; Willa Cather; Magazine Articles


Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1942, Peru State Teacher's College, Peru, NE
Master of Arts Degree, 1945, George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Ph.D., 1960, New York University, New York, NY


Information Specialist
Professor of English and Journalism

Places Worked

United States Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C.
U.S. State Department, information specialist in Seoul, Tokyo, and Shanghai
New York Times
Beatrice Daily Sun
Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN
Nebraska State Teachers College, Peru, NE
General Beadle State College, Madison, SD
Omaha Public Schools, Omaha, NE
Wisconsin State College, Superior, WI
Wisconsin State College, Superior, WI


Adult Fiction Award, National Federation of Presswomen
Twelve first-place awards, Nebraska Presswomen
New York University's Founder's Day Award
Best Adult Fiction, O'Brien's
Junior Literary Selection, with Marion Marsh Brown
Best Book of the Year for Young Adults, with Marion Marsh Brown
Bess Streeter Aldrich Short Story Contest, 2nd place, 2012


National Federation of Presswomen
American Association of University Women
Nebraska Presswomen
Nebraska Writers Guild
The Poetry Group of Omaha
The Willa Cather Memorial Foundation
Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English
Kappa Delta Pi
Sigma Tau Delta


Co-authored with Marion Marsh Brown:
The Silent Storm. 1963.
Willa Cather: The Woman and Her Works. 1970.
Only One Point of the Compass: Willa Cather in the Northeast. 1980.

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