Friends of Betty MacDonald
For fans of this beloved American writer
About this site...


This site is for fans of the American writer Betty MacDonald (1908-58), author of The Egg and I, The Plague and I, Onions in the Stew and the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series of children's books, among other works (Wikipedia). Enjoy the site and be sure to join the discussion in our Forum.

Site Features

Member Profiles
Each enrolled member has a personal profile. Add a statement (self-description) and post Updates when you find interesting news or relevant information. Members can volunteer as authors and submit articles for the blog (subject to editor's approval).
Discussion Forums
Continue the conversation by clicking Forum in the Contents.
The Gallery contains thematic albums with images of Betty, her family, and her works.
Sites, booksellers, auctions, bibliographies and references and more.
Family Tree
Betty MacDonald is the base of this tree with both roots and branches. (Maximize window for best view.) Opens in a separate window due to large format.


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The site was inspired by a February, 2002, article in the now defunct Seattle Press. That article sparked a running dialog that became this site.

For over a year the community was centered around a couple of discussion threads in the Seattle Press archive hosted by Clark Internet Publishing, which formerly hosted the SP. Clark IP developed the present site as a demonstration of its publishing technology.



Online privacy is the responsibility of the member. We provide limited services to reduce spam and other unwanted contact.

We do not sell or share contact data or send unsolicited email on behalf of third parties.

Registrants' email addresses and other contact data are not published by any of the automated systems. However, registrants who post their contact data in open forums or public spaces enjoy no anonymity.

Each registrant has a "blind" contact form that will send individually typed messages to the member's registered address; this procedure does not reveal the destination address. Naturally if the member replies to the message, his/her email will be displayed to the recipient as with any email message.


The site is supported in part by advertising consisting of clickable graphics and text. Friends of Betty MacDonald is not responsible for the quality or suitability of products and services offered by advertisers.


In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, any copyrighted work shared or excerpted on this site is distributed under fair use without any profit or payment to those who have expressed a prior academic, scholarly or personal interest in receiving the included information for nonprofit research and educational or criticism purposes only. Not withstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work including such use by reproduction in copies or phono records or by any other means specified by that section for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship or research is NOT an infringement upon copyright.

Friends of Betty MacDonald is not affiliated with Betty MacDonald Society or Betty MacDonald Fan Club.
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