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Lifetime: 1871 - 1927 Passed: ≈ 97 years ago




United States

Abbie Farwell Brown

Abbie Farwell Brown was an American author.

Brown was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the first of two daughters of Benjamin F. Brown, a descendant of Isaac Allerton, and Clara Neal Brown, who contributed to The Youth's Companion. Her sister Ethel became an author and illustrator under the name Ann Underhill. Her family, for ten generations, had only resided in New England, and Brown herself spent her entire life in her family's Beacon Hill home.

Brown was valedictorian of the Bowdoin School in 1886. She then attended the Girls' Latin School, where she was friends with Josephine Preston Peabody. She was the driving force behind the newly created school newspaper, The Jabberwock, named by Brown after the poem by Lewis Carroll. They wrote to Carroll for permission to use the name and Carroll wrote back, wishing them "all success to the forthcoming magazine". The school, now Boston Latin Academy, still publishes The Jabberwock. After graduating in 1891, she attended Radcliffe College, graduating in 1894.

While at Girls' Latin School, she was contributing pieces to St. Nicholas Magazine, some illustrated by her sister. Starting in 1898, under the pen name Jean Neal she wrote articles for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. She also wrote a one-act comedy called Quits (1896) set at a women's college.

Brown was active in New England literary life. She edited the 20-volume Young Folks Library for the publisher Hall and Locke. She was a member of the Boston Authors' Club, the Boston Drama League, the American Folklore Society, the Poetry Society of America, and was president of the New England Poetry Club.

Brown died of cancer at the age of 55.

Books by Abbie Farwell Brown

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The Christmas Angel

Fantasy Fiction
Drama Christmas Spirit Disillusion Childhood Discovery Beliefs

This is a lovely story of a disillusioned old woman who rediscovers that the Christmas Spirit can be found in many guises, and can work in many ways for good.

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Friends and Cousins

Adventure Children's Literature Friendship Friends Childhood Relationships Children Fiction

It is a delightful and heartwarming tale that explores the bonds of friendship and family. "Friends and Cousins" takes readers on a journey through the lives of a group of friends and cousins. Set in a charming town, the story follows their adventure...

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Surprise House

Fiction Fairy Tale
Mystery Adventure Children's Literature Thriller Friendship Forest Imagination Lesson Secret Curiosity Magical

Surprise House is a story about a family, the Corlisses, who inherit a mysterious old house from their eccentric great-aunt, Miss Nan Corliss. The house is filled with her strange collections, practical jokes, and hidden secrets. The adventure begins...

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Curious Book of Birds

Now the interesting facts about birds we have always with us. We can find them out for ourselves, which is a very pleasant thing to do, or we can take the word of others, of which there is no lack. But it is the quaint fancies about birds which are i...

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In The Days of Giants

This book is made of the stories told by the Northern folk,—the people who live in the land of the midnight sun, where summer is green and pleasant, but winter is a terrible time of cold and gloom; where rocky mountains tower like huge giants, over w...

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Book of Saints and Friendly Beasts

Poems and Christian stories of the animal encounters of various saints. - Summary by Wikipedia