Andre Norton was (and is) one of my favorite authors. I began reading her novels when I was about 10 or 11. The earliest ones I remember reading were Star Born and Moon of Three Rings. I was introduced to her Witch World series by a few of my teachers in middle school (Ron Grant, Al Burkett and George Finkbeiner), who were kind enough to share their books with me.
Since then I have collected quite a few of her books, although my collection is far from being complete.
Andre Norton Biography
Andre Norton was born Alice Mary Norton in 1912 in Cleveland, Ohio. She was a librarian for many years, and began writing books for young people in 1934. Her first book to be published was The Prince Commands, in 1934. She began using the name "Andre Norton" to appeal to an audience perceived to be mostly boys, and later legally changed her name.
Norton was the first female recipient of the Gandalf Grand Master Award presented by the World Science Fiction Convention, and also won a Grand Master Nebula Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America. In February 2005, just before Norton's death, the SFWA announced a new award in her honor, the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. For more on the award, see the entry at Wikipedia or the Andre Norton Award page at the SFWA site.
Andre Norton died on March 17, 2005 a month after her 93rd birthday, having written for more than 70 years and published over 300 titles. For more information, click on one of the links at the side.