Lifetime: 1893 - 1982 Passed: ≈ 41 years ago


American Librarian, Author


United States

Ruth Edna Kelley

Ruth Edna Kelley was an American librarian and author. She is chiefly remembered for The Book of Hallowe'en (1919), the first book-length history of the holiday.

Kelley was born in Massachusetts, the only child of Charles F. Kelley, a carpenter, and his wife Mary. She grew up in Lynn, Massachusetts, and received a master of arts degree.

The Book of Hallowe'en was Kelly's first book. Her second book, A Life of Their Own (1947), dealt with immortality and spirituality.

Kelley died in Marblehead, Massachusetts at the age of 88.

Books by Ruth Edna Kelley

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The Book of Halloween

Gothic Social Science Culture Oracles

This book is intended to give the reader an account of the origin and history of Hallowe'en, how it absorbed some customs belonging to other days in the year,—such as May Day, Midsummer, and Christmas. The context is illustrated by selections from an...