WARREN, LELLA, 1899-1982


Journalist; author; editor. Born– March 22, 1899, Clayton, AL. Parents– Benjamin Smart and Lee Ella (Underwood) Warren. Married– John Spanogle, June 1921. Children– One. Married Gerald Breckenridge, 1936.¬†Married– Buel Whiting Patch, August, 1941. Education– Goucher College, 1918-1919; George Washington University, A.B., 1921. Editor, Commission on Child Health and Welfare, 1930; publicity, 1931, advertising, 1932. Statistician, Farm Housing Survey, 1934. Named Woman of the Year by the Women’s National Press Club; received the George Washington University Alumni Award for outstanding achievement in literature; named to the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame, 1987. Died March 3,1982.


Contemporary Authors online; “Finding Aid” to the Lella Warren Collection at AUM; Clearing in the Thicket; Foundation Stone; Who’s Who of American Women.


Family Fiction: Unpublished Narratives of Lella Warren.  Birmingham; Summa Publishers, 1989.

Foundation Stone. New York; Knopf, 1940.

A Touch of Earth. New York; Simon & Schuster, 1926.

Whetstone Walls. New York; Appleton Century, 1952.


The papers of Lella Warren are held by the library at Auburn University in Montgomery.