"Coretta Scott King: First Lady of Civil Rights" is the latest book by Cameron University's George Edward Stanley, Professor of African and Middle-Eastern Languages and Linguistics. The children's book, aimed at children ages 8-12, is Stanley's ninth in the Childhood of Famous Americans series and was released on December 16 by Simon & Schuster. Previous subjects in the series include Geronimo, Mr. Rogers, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Harry S Truman, Andrew Jackson, Crazy Horse , Frederick Douglass, and George S. Patton.
Stanley, a member of the Cameron faculty since 1970, has authored more than 100 books for young people in addition to writing more than 200 short stories in American, British, Irish and South African magazines and linguistics articles in major international journals. He is also the author of "Writing Short Stories for Young People," published by Writer's Digest Books.
A sample of his nationally acclaimed titles include Spinetinglers, a horror series for middle-graders that he helped developed, writing many of the titles using the pseudonym M.T. Coffin, and Scaredy Cats, a series of first chapter books for first, second and third graders. In 2002, Dr. Stanley developed a series about a third grader who's a secret agent featuring the character Adam Sharp. He has also authored titles for the legendary teen mystery series Nancy Drew as well as the Hardy Boys mystery series.
After receiving a B.A. and M.A. from Texas Tech University, Dr. Stanley earned his Doctor Litterarum from the University of Port Elizabeth (now Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) in South Africa. He was named to the CU Faculty Hall of Fame in 2005. Other honors include a Fulbright Professorship to the University N'Djamena, Chad; National Member of the Year from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators; and induction into the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame.
December 18, 2008