Opal Whiteley
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Exactly what she might have made up is still not certain, although author Benjamin Hoff clarifies much of the story in The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow: The Mystical Nature Diary of Opal Whiteley. Originally published in 1986, then reissued by Penguin Books with updates in 1994, it is a reprint of the diary, framed by Hoff's biography of Opal and extensive commentary on his investigation.

Hoff, best known for The Tao of Pooh, stumbled upon Opal's diary in 1983. He was so taken with it that he researched Opal's story literally to the point of exhaustion. Digging through library and newspaper archives, interviewing hundreds of people in Lane County and elsewhere, encountering hundreds more theories and opinions, he writes that "bit by bit, facts that had seemed confused and contradictory at first began to arrange themselves in a clear pattern, and an extraordinary story began to emerge."


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