E.L. Konigsburg, Newbery Medal-winning children’s author, has died at the age of 83, reports Publishers Weekly. The esteemed writer, who earned honors for “From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” and “The View From Saturday,” passed away Friday (April 19).
Konigsburg was born Elaine Lobl, growing up in western Pennsylvania and studying chemistry at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, which is now Carnegie Mellon University. She married David Konigsburg and they had three children between 1955 and 1959.
“Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” is certainly her most widely-known book, but she wrote more than 20 titles for children, including works about historical figures like Leonardo da Vinci and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Her most recent work as “The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World.”
Konigsburg is survived by her three children, Paul, Laurie and Sam and several grandchildren. Her husband David passed away in 2001.