: Photograph of Columbus, Ohio, author Ysabel Rennie posed with a copy of her book "Kingside," from the Columbus Citizen-Journal Collection.
Ysabel Fisk Rennie (1918-2006) was born in California, and attended Stanford College and Harvard University. During World War II, she worked as a political analyst and later as an intelligence analyst in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), forerunner of the CIA, from 1943 to 1945. Following the war, she was an officer of the U.S. State Department until 1947. She moved to Columbus with her husband and children in 1951, and was the author of two novels, "The Blue Chip" (1954) and "Kingside" (1963).
She became interested in prison conditions and prison reform following the 1968 Ohio State Penitentiary riot, and remained active in this effort, helping to achieve many changes in the Ohio prison system. She published newspaper columns and non-fiction works in addition to her earlier novels, including "The Search for Criminal Man" in 1978. View on Ohio Memory.
: P339_B11F16_05_01 Subjects
: Authors; Ohio Women; Literary Ohio; Prisoners and prisons; Social reformers; Places
: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)