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Oliver Butterworth (May 23, 1915 - Sept 17, 1990) educator and author of children's books, was born in Hartford, Connecticut. He attended Dartmouth College and Harvard University, receiving his M.A. in Education at Middlebury College in 1947. Butterworth kept school in Kent and West Hartford, Connecticut from 1937-1947 and taught English at Hartford College for Women from 1947 until the late 1980s. He was awarded the New York Herald Tribune Spring Festival of Books prize (1960) for The Trouble with Jenny's Ear and the Lewis Carroll Shelf award (1970) for his most famous children's book, The Enormous Egg. He died in West Hartford. The Oliver Butterworth Natural Area at Sandwich, New Hampshire, is named in honor of his interest in conservation.