Robert E. Gard (1910-1992)
Robert Edward Gard was a prominent author, professor, educator and researcher. He was born in Iola, Kansas in 1910. He taught playwriting at the Universities of Kansas, Cornell and Wisconson as well as lecturing in Finland and the UK. He conducted research too, being especially interested in folklore, and worked as an editor for Duell, Sloan and Pearce. He was also instrumental in setting up a number of literary bodies such as the Wisconsin Regional Writers Association, the Council for Wisconsin Writers, The Wisconsin Ideas Theatre and the Rhinelander School of Arts. Today the Gard Foundation continues his work as a non-profit organisation dedicated to fostering the arts.
In spite of all this activity he also managed to find time to publish a number of books which included adult fiction and non-fiction and children's/young adult novels. Some of his children's books featured horses. All were aimed more towards boy readers with male heroes and a slant towards rodeo/ranch life.
Mr. Gard additionally wrote under the pen name of Gwen Kimball.
The Gard Foundation website includes a more detailed biography of the author plus a complete bibliography. (See link).