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Jim Kjelgaard

Born: Dec 6, 1910

Death: Jul 12, 1959

Birthplace: Albany

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Jim Kjelgaard

Date of Birth : Dec 6, 1910
Date of Death : Jul 12, 1959
Birth Place : Albany

James Arthur Kjelgaard was an American author of young adult literature. Born in New York City, New York, Jim Kjelgaard is the author of more than forty novels, the most famous of which is 1945's Big Red. It sold 225,000 copies by 1956 and was made into a 1962 Walt Disney film with the same title, Big Red. His books were primarily about dogs and wild animals, often with animal protagonists and told from the animal's point of view. Kjelgaard also wrote short fiction for several magazines, including The Saturday Evening Post, Argosy, and Adventure. Jim Kjelgaard committed suicide in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1959, after suffering for several years from chronic pain and depression.


  • Writer

Also known as

  • James Arthur Kjelgaard

Awards Won

  • Spur Award for Best Juvenile
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