Field spent summers in Cranberry Isles, Maine, and a number of her books are set in Maine. Her books for young adults, including the Newbery Medal winner Hitty: Her First Hundred Years (1929), chronicling the life of a doll, and Calico Bush (1931), often take place in Maine. God’s Pocket (1934) is a retelling of the adventures of Captain Samuel Hadlock Jr. of Cranberry Isles. Field’s poem about the Isles, “If Once You Have Slept on an Island,” was illustrated by Iris Van Rynbach and published as a book in 1993.
Field was also a noted lyricist and playwright, penning the English lyrics for Franz Schubert’s Ave Maria included in the Disney film Fantasia. Her plays include Cinderella Married, A Comedy in One Act (1924), The Bad Penny: A Drama in One Act (1931), and First Class Matter: A Comedy in One Act (1936).
Field was married to the literary agent Arthur S. Pederson. She died of pneumonia at age 48.