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Mary Hays Weik
Born: 1898? in Greencastle, Indiana, United States
Died: 1979 in Manhattan, New York, United States
Nationality: American
Occupation: Writer
Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2002. From Literature Resource Center.
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Updated:July 23, 2002

Family: Surname rhymes with "like"; born in Greencastle, IN; died December 25, 1979, in Manhattan, NY; daughter of Jesse W. (a Lincoln biographer) and Alie (Hays) Weik; married Joseph Grifalconi (divorced); children: John, Ann. Education: DePauw University, A.B. Politics: Independent.


Former newspaper reporter in Chicago, IL, and Indianapolis, IN; writer for magazines in New York, NY, and consultant to social agencies and schools in New York, co-founder and director of Fellowship of World Citizens, Committee to End Radiological Hazards, and People Against The Atom.


The Jazz Man was runner-up for John Newbery Medal, American Library Association, 1967.



  • Advanture: A Book of Verse.
  • The House at Cherry Hill, Knopf, 1938.
  • The Jazz Man (Illustrated with woodcuts by her daughter, Ann Grifalconi), Atheneum, 1966, 2nd edition, Aladdin Books, 1993.
  • The Scarlet Thread: A Group of One-Act Plays, Atheneum, 1968.
  • A House on Liberty Street, Atheneum, 1972.

Author of "World Community Series" (studies on United Nations reform). Also author of A World Set Free, 1954, Atomenergie: Milliardengeschaeft auf buergerrechnung, with Helga Vowinckel, 1975, and of monographs on atomic pollution of water, vegetation, and air. Poetry has been published in Harper's, short stories in various magazines, and articles in Journal of Human Relations and other periodicals. Editor of newsletter "Window On the World."



Weik spoke French, German, and a little Italian ("wish I knew ten more [languages]; communication is hard enough between two Americans!"). She spent six years (1956-62) as a non-governmental observer at the United Nations. Weik has made a number of rambling bus trips around the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and traveled ("mostly on second-class trains") in Europe and North Africa. The Jazz Man has also been published in Germany and South Africa.


Born c. 1898 in Greencastle, IN; died December 25, 1979, in Manhattan, NY. Journalist and writer of books, poetry, short stories, and radio scripts. Weik began her career as a newspaper reporter in Chicago and Indianapolis; later she moved to New York City to work as a staff writer for Street & Smith Publications. Among her books are The Jazz Man, which was a runner-up for the Caldecott Medal, and A House on Liberty Street. A political activist, Weik established the Fellowship of World Citizens after World War II. Her opposition to nuclear power led her to found the Committee to End Radiological Hazards and to edit an anti-nuclear newsletter, Window on the World. Obituaries and other sources: Who's Who in America, 39th edition, Marquis, 1976; New York Times, December 29, 1979.

Source Citation   (MLA 8th Edition)
"Mary Hays Weik." Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2002. Literature Resource Center, Accessed 22 Apr. 2019.

Gale Document Number: GALE|H1000104325