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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Scott O'Dell (1898 - 1989)

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Scott O'Dell was born Odell Gabriel Scott,[1] on Terminal Island in Los Angeles, California, to parents May Elizabeth Gabriel and Bennett Mason Scott. He attended multiple colleges, including Occidental College in 1919, the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1920, Stanford University in 1920-1921, and the University of Rome La Sapienza in 1925. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Air Force. Before becoming a full time writer he worked in Hollywood as a cameraman and technical director, as a book columnist for the Los Angeles Mirror, and as book review editor for the Los Angeles Daily News. It was during his period as a newspaper columnist that an editor transposed his name into Scott O'Dell, which Scott liked well enough to legally change his name to.

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