Born: June 23, 1900
Ohio connection: Birth
Over a professional writing career that spanned eight decades, Granville and Licking County’s best known writer, Minnie Hite Moody, wrote numerous poems, short stories, novels, and book reviews. Her husband of 57 years, Wilkie Osgood Moody, became director of athletics for the city schools in Atlanta, Georgia. But after having spent thirty-five years in that city, the family returned to Tannery Hill, the red brick house in Granville where Moody had been born. Widowed in 1976, Moody spent the last seventeen years of her life writing and conversing with friends and admirers about local, regional, and national history. After becoming bedridden in 1993, she was cared for until her death on October 25, 1993, by her daughter Elizabeth. Her first novel,Once Again in Chicago (1933), featured a weekend tryst between two lovers who reunite at the Chicago World’s Fair after the passage of forty years. In 1936, Death Is a Little Man chronicled the plight of African-Americans trapped in “the bottom” of a Georgia city. Towers with Ivy, released the following year, chronicled one hundred years of the Winfield family. Her third novel,Old Home Week rivals de Laclos for the dangerous liaisons in which the residents of Prairiesville, Illinois, engage. A substantial advance from the Macmillan Company enabled Moody to craft The Long Meadows, an epic work spanning two hundred years and four wars.