Ann Waldron

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Ann Waldron (born in Birmingham) is an author and former reporter.

Waldron grew up on Cotton Avenue on Birmingham's West End, attending Vine Street Presbyterian Church and Hemphill Grammar School. She graduated from West End High School, where she co-edited the school newspaper.

Waldron went on to graduate from the University of Alabama in 1945 and was editor of the Crimson White and also active in the dramatic arts. After college, she worked as a reporter for the Atlanta Constitution, where she met her husband, Martin, with whom she had four children, Peter, Lolly, Thomas, and Martin III (Boojie).

The Waldrons returned to Birmingham in the late 1940s where Martin finished his degree at Birmingham Southern College while working for the Birmingham Post-Herald. Ann took a job with The Progressive Farmer. Later the Waldrons moved to Florida, working together for the Tampa Tribune, and, later, for the St Petersburg (Florida) Times. From 1970 to 1975 she was the book editor for the Houston Chronicle while Martin managed the Houston bureau of the New York Times, which he had launched in 1965.

In 1975 the family moved to the New York area, settling in the city of Princeton, New Jersey. Waldron became an associate editor for the University quarterly and began a series of children's and young adult books. After being widowed in 1981 Waldron took a full time job editing Princeton's Campaign Bulletin and began research for a biography of Caroline Gordon.

Her other well-received biographies include those of newspaper editor Hodding Carter and author Eudora Welty. In addition, she has written five mystery novels set in Princeton. For over twenty years she has reviewed children's books for a weekly feature in the Philadelphia Inquirer. She has also contributed book reviews and articles to numerous newspapers and magazines.

Waldron was a guest at the Birmingham Public Library's Alabama Bound in 2007.


  • Waldron, Ann (1975) The Integration of Mary-Larkin Thornhill. Dutton Juvenile. ISBN 0525325808
  • Waldron, Ann (1975) The House on Pendleton Block. Hastings House. ISBN 0803830335
  • Waldron, Ann (1977) The Luckie Star. Dutton Juvenile. ISBN 0525342702
  • Waldron, Ann (1978) Scaredy Cat. Dutton Juvenile. ISBN 052538815X
  • Waldron, Ann (1979) The French Detection. Dutton Juvenile. ISBN 0525301909
  • Waldron, Ann (1980) Compiling the Definitive Thoreau Edition. Princeton University Press.
  • Waldron, Ann (1981) The Bluebury Collection. Dutton Juvenile. ISBN 0525267395
  • Waldron, Ann (1983) True of False? Amazing Art Forgeries. Hastings House. ISBN 0803872208
  • Waldon, Ann (1987) Close Connections: Caroline Gordon and the Southern Renaissance. Putnam Books. ISBN 0399132287
  • Waldron, Ann (1991) Claude Monet. Harry N. Abrams. ISBN 0810936208
  • Waldron, Ann (1992) Francisco Goya. Harry N. Abrams. ISBN 0810933683
  • Waldron, Ann (1993) Hodding Carter: The Reconstruction of a Racist. Algonquin Press. ISBN 0945575386
  • Waldron, Ann (1998) Eudora: A Writer's Life. Doubleday. ISBN 0385476477
  • Waldron, Ann (2003) The Princeton Murders: Big Crime on Campus. Berkley Prime Crime. ISBN 9780425188200
  • Waldron, Ann (2004) Death of a Princeton President. Berkley Prime Crime. ISBN 0425194620
  • Waldron, Ann (2005) Unholy Death in Princeton. Berkley Prime Crime. ISBN 0425201562
  • Waldron, Ann (2006) A Rare Murder in Princeton. Berkley Prime Crime. ISBN 9780425210376
  • Waldron, Ann (2007) The Princeton Imposter. Berkley Prime Crime. ISBN 9780425213629

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