Author of the Elsie Dinsmore Novels

Martha Finley (1828-1909) was a teacher and author of the well known the 28 volume Elsie Dinsmore series of novels which were published over a span of 38 years. Her Presbyterian upbringing was the source of inspiration for her life's work, especially in the Elsie books. For over forty years she sold more books than any other juvenile author, besides Louisa May Alcott.

Martha Finley was born in Chillicothe, Ohio on April 26, 1828, …Read More...

Anglo American Novelist and Playwright

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849–1924) was an British American playwright and author. She is best known for her children's stories, in particular Little Lord Fauntleroy (1886), A Little Princess (1905) and The Secret Garden (1911). Her status as a divorced woman writer supporting her family with her earnings pushed the boundaries of what was considered 'a woman's place' in 19th century society.

Early Years
Frances Eliza Hodgson was born on November 24, 1849 in Cheetham, …Read More...

Champion for Women's Right to Vote

Abigail Scott Duniway (1834–1915) was a true pioneer who rose from simple beginnings as an Illinois farm girl to become a nationally known champion of women's suffrage in the Pacific Northwest, as well as a significant author, and editor and publisher of a pro-women's rights newspaper.

Well-read, well-informed, and interested in public issues, Duniway was particularly concerned about women's economic plight. She fought for a woman's right to own property in her own name …Read More...

Most Popular Novelist of the Late 19th Century

E.D.E.N. Southworth (1819-1899) was the author of more than 60 novels and was the most widely read American novelist of last half of the 19th century. She invariably signed herself Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth, though she began writing in 1844 to support herself and her children after Mr. Southworth deserted her four years into their marriage.

Born in Washington, DC in 1819, she was christened Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte. Supposedly on his deathbed, …Read More...

Pioneer Novelist and Short Story Writer

Constance Fenimore Woolson (1840–1894) was a novelist and short story writer, and grandniece of James Fenimore Cooper, her mother's uncle. The settings of her writing included what was then the frontier of the Great Lakes region, Florida and the Reconstruction South. Before she was forty Woolson lost almost everyone in her large family; she then moved to Europe where she lived and wrote for the rest of her life.

Using her powers of keen …Read More...

One of the First Lowell Mill Girls

Lucy Larcom (1824–1893) was an American poet and one of the Lowell Mill girls. Although Larcom was a well-published poet in her lifetime, she is best known today for writing A New England Girlhood (1889). This autobiography is a classic book about the age of industrialization and her role in it as a textile mill worker in Lowell, Massachusetts – beginning at age eleven.

Lucy Larcom was born on March 5, 1824 in …Read More...