"Margaret Halsey" was an United States/American writer who lived in the United Kingdom for a short time. Her first book With Malice Towards Some (1938) grew out of her experiences there. It was a witty and humorous bestseller, selling 600,000 copies. It won one of the List of National Book Award winners#1935 to 1941/early National Book Awards: the Most Original Book of 1938, voted by members of the American Booksellers Association.

"Books and Authors", The New York Times, 1936-04-12, page BR12. ProQuest Historical Newspapers The New York Times (1851-2007).

"Book About Plants Receives Award: Dr. Fairchild's 'Garden' Work Cited by Booksellers", The New York Times 1939-02-15, page 20. ProQuest Historical Newspapers The New York Times (1851-2007).

According to her obituary in The New York Times, she was "a witty writer with an acute social concern, [and] was compared to Dorothy Parker and H. L. Mencken".

[http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F0DE4DA143CF934A35751C0A961958260 New York Times obituary].

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