John Lonzo Anderson

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John Lonzo Anderson

Birthplace: Ellijay, Gilmer County, Georgia, United States
Death: April 23, 1993 (88)
San Marcos, Hays County, Texas, United States
Place of Burial: Ellijay, Gilmer County, Georgia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. John Lonzo Anderson and Adella Anderson
Husband of Adrienne Anderson
Father of Susan Frances Manley

Occupation: Writer
Managed by: Private User
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About John Lonzo Anderson

From his biography via Find A Grave:

John Lonzo Anderson was the son of Rev. John Lonzo and Adella Brown Anderson. He married Adrienne Adams August 17, 1935. The couple travelled to the island of St. John for their honeymoon. For John, a writer, this trip was not only the start of a great love affair with his beautiful wife but also with the tropical island, itself. On this first visit to the Island, John heard the story of doomed slaves leaping to their deaths from Mary Point. Hooked on the Island's history and after 40 years of intense research in the Virgin Islands, Denmark, England and the United States (In order to understand the source material, he learned nine languages.), John L. Anderson published Night of the Silent Drums, Scribner, 1975, revised ed., MAPes MONDe, 1992. The book is a fictionalized narrative of slave rebellion in the Virgin Islands.

Other books by John L. Anderson include:

  • A Bag of Smoke, Viking, 1942, rev. ed., Knopf, 1968
  • Ponies of Mykillengi, Scribners, 1966
  • Zeb, Knopf, 1966
  • Two Hundred Rabbits, Viking, 1968
  • Mr. Biddle and the Birds, Scribners, 1971
  • Izzard, Scribners, 1973
  • The Day the Hurricane Happened, Scribners, 1974

To find out more about John Lonzo Anderson visit your local library.


  • **The Harvard Class of 1928 celebrated their 25th Anniversary in 1953 with a 1,000+ page book. Here is the perspective John provided on life after Harvard:

"LOOKING back over the twenty-five years to which you so consistently direct my attention, I find that I have to choose between writing you a book on the subject and being very brief I shall be mercifully brief.

I have accomplished nothing that would be of interest to the Class. I belong to no organizations and hold no offices, titles, or honorary degrees. I have remained, as nearly as I could manage it, a complete free-lance, and I have had a wonderful time.

My wife is, in all the above respects, my twin. She is an artist. In periods when we are unable to maintain our status as complete free-lances, we cheerfully embrace whatever form of comparative enslavement seems indicated for the time being.

It is all fascinating, every instant and aspect of life, the good and the bad, the mistakes as well as the rare, brief flashes of being right for a change."

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John Lonzo Anderson's Timeline

March 1, 1905
Ellijay, Gilmer County, Georgia, United States
April 23, 1993
Age 88
San Marcos, Hays County, Texas, United States
Ellijay, Gilmer County, Georgia, United States