Esther A. Kellner (1908-1998)


Photo from jacket of Devil & Aunt Serena

Esther Kellner was a prolific local author, animal lover, and director of Wayne County Civil Defense.  She was born in New Lisbon, Indiana and graduated from Morton High School in Richmond in 1926.  She began her writing career at age 20 as editor of a children's magazine "Play Mate."  

She became involved with Civilian Defense in 1965 while writing her book, The Long Silence, about the fire that destroyed the switch office of the local phone company and left the area without phone service for several months.  Another noted book, Death on a Sunny Street, chronicled the 1968 explosion that destroyed several downtown blocks and killed 41 people.

She wrote seventeen books, both fiction and nonfiction, including The Devil and Aunt Serena, Moonshine: Its History and Folklore, and The Background of the Old Testament.  Known as a friend to lost and injured animals, she also wrote Animals Come to My House : A Story Guide to the Care of Small Wild Animals
Books held by Morrisson-Reeves (with call numbers):

Adult Fiction

Mary of Nazareth  (1958)      K2924m
The Promise  (1956)             K2924p
The Bride of Pilate (1959)    K2924b

Non-Fiction

Animals Come to My House (1976)            636.08  K29  (Richmond Collection)
Background of the Old Testament (1963)  221.9  K29
Death on a Sunny Street (1968)                  917.7263  K29 (Richmond Collection)
Devil and Aunt Serena (1968)                     828  K29
Long Silence (1965)                                     977.263  K29
Moonshine (1971)                                         364.133  K29
Out of the Woods (1964)                              599.32  K29

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