Martha Finley


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 [Read More ...]

Frances Hodgson Burnett


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 [Read More ...]

Abigail Scott Duniway


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 [Read More ...]

E.D.E.N. Southworth


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 [Read More ...]

Constance Fenimore Woolson


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 [Read More ...]

Lucy Larcom


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 [Read More ...]