About the Author
Elizabeth Foster (1905-1963) always wanted to be a writer like her father and grandfather. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but moved as a young child to New York City and Maine, where the family spent half the year. The Maine island, the home that Elizabeth Foster loved, was an isolated location that gave a young avid reader plenty of time and opportunity to read all the books available in her literary household. For a time, she attended the Art Student's League in New York, but then returned to her ambition to become an author. Her first novel, Singing Beach, was published in 1941. It was set in Maine, as were three subsequent books. Another novel, The Days Between, told the story of a group of evacuees from Paris during WWII. In 1946, Elizabeth Foster wrote the history of her beloved Maine island. From its design and construction by her grandfather to its sad ending, the house took shape in the pages of The Islanders and came alive through the stories of those who lived and visited there. The Islanders became a bestseller and is well remembered and cherished by countless devotees of the Maine woods. Gigi, the author's first children's book was equally popular and has been equally cherished through the years. Elizabeth Foster died in 1963. Her literary papers have been donated to the Maine Womens Writers Collection at Westbrook College in Portland, Maine.