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Hugh Lofting Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: January 14, 1886 in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom
Died: September 26, 1947 in Topanga, California
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Hugh Lofting, born on January 14, 1886, in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England, was a British author, best known for creating the beloved children's character Doctor Dolittle. Lofting's imaginative and whimsical stories about Doctor Dolittle, who could communicate with animals, have become classics in children's literature.

Lofting attended Mount St Mary's College in Sheffield, England, and later studied civil engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States. He traveled extensively as a civil engineer before turning to writing. His writing career, particularly the creation of Doctor Dolittle, began as letters to his children during World War I. Lofting was serving in the Irish Guards in the trenches in France, and he wrote illustrated letters to entertain his children, as he felt the actual war was too grim to describe. These letters laid the groundwork for his first book, "The Story of Doctor Dolittle" (1920), which was a success and led to a series of Doctor Dolittle books. The Doctor Dolittle series is notable for its imaginative concept and the message of empathy and understanding towards animals. The books have been translated into several languages and have inspired various adaptations, including films and stage productions.
Among the Doctor Dolittle books, "The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle" (1922) is particularly significant, as it won the prestigious Newbery Medal for its contribution to children's literature in 1923.
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