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Idella Purnell (April 1, 1901 - December 1, 1982) (also known as Idella Purnell Stone and Ikey Stone) was an academic, librarian, teacher, and children's book author.



She was born in Guadalajara, Mexico to the dentist George Edward Purnell and his wife Idella. She became a teacher in the primary schools of Guadalajara at a very early age, in 1915. In 1922, she received a B.A. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and took on the position of a secretary in the American Consulate in Guadalajara, continuing in that position through 1924. In 1923, she started the poetry magazine Palms, of which she also served as publisher and editor. In 1925, she served as the head of the foreign book department at the Los Angeles Public Library. She left that position to return to Mexico. In 1932, she served as the dean and organizer of the first summer session at the University of Guadalajara. She married in Remington Stone on September 10, 1932. She would eventually have two children with him, Marijane Stone and Remington P.S. Stone, and she brought up her niece Carrie Stone. Beginning in 1935, she opened a gold mine at Ameca, Mexico, remaining there through 1937. She also began writing at about this time. Beginning in 1938, she taught creative writing in Los Angeles. During World War II, she was a riveter for Douglas Aviation and Fletcher Aviation. In 1957, she became the director of the Dianetic Center for Dianetics and Scientology in Pasadena, California, remaining in that position through 1957. Beginning in that year, she became a practitioner of Scientology, and remained one through 1966. She died in Los Angeles in 1982.[1]


Her book The Merry Frogs' was named a Julia Ellsworth Ford Foundation Book in 1936. She also received a diploma from the Second Mexican Congress for the Fine Arts and Humanities.[1]


  • The Talking Bird: An Aztec Story Book.
  • Tales Told to Little Paco by His Grandfather, 1930.
  • Why the Bee Is Busy, and Other Rumanian Fairy Tales: Told to Little Marcu by Baba Maritz, 1930.
  • The Wishing Owl: A Maya Storybook, 1931.
  • Little Yusuf: The Story of a Syrian Boy. 1931.
  • The Lost Princess of Yucat√°n, Holt, 1931.
  • The Forbidden City, 1932.
  • (contributor) Gringa, edited by Emma Lindsay-Squier, Houghton, 1934.
  • Pedro the Potter, Thomas Nelson, 1935.
  • The Merry Frogs, Suttonhouse, 1936.
  • (adapter) Felix Salten's Bambi, Health, 1944.
  • (contributor) Journey with Genius: Recollections and Reflections Concerning D. H. Lawrence]], John Day, 1951.
  • Luther Burbank: El Mago de las Plantas, Espasa Calpe (Argentina), 1955.
  • (contributor), D. H. Lawrence:A Composite Biography, edited by Edward H. Nehls, three volumes, University of Wisconsin Press, 1957-1959.
  • (editor, as Idella Purnell Stone) Fourteen Great Tales of ESP, Gold Medal Books, 1969.
  • (editor, as Idella Purnell Stone) Never In This World, Fawcett, 1971.
  • Thirty Mexican Menus in Spanish and English, Ritchie, 1971.


  1. ^ a b Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2009. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center, Farmington Hills, Mich: Gale, 2009.


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