Lifetime: 1879 - 1950 Passed: ≈ 73 years ago


American Author


United States

Augusta Huiell Seaman

Augusta Huiell Seaman was an American author of children's literature.

Augusta Huiell Seaman was born Augusta Curtiss Huiell in New York City, on April 3, 1879, the daughter of the bookkeeper John Valentine Huiell and his third wife, Anna Curtiss.

She graduated from Normal College (later renamed Hunter College) in New York City in 1900 and went on to teach elementary school. She married Robert Seaman in 1906. Following her marriage, she devoted her time to writing. Her career writing mysteries for children began with the publication of The Boarded up House which ran serially in St. Nicholas Magazine in 1914.

Her only child, Helen Roberta (Bobbie) was born in 1915. Her husband Robert died in 1927. In 1928 she married her second husband, Francis Parkman Freeman, foreman of the Phipps estate in Island Beach, New Jersey (now part of Berkeley Township, the setting for several of her later books). While living in Island Beach, Augusta held various offices in the local government, including Borough clerk, Tax Collector, and Borough Registrar.

Over her career Seaman wrote and published over forty books for young people. She died at age seventy-one and is interred at Rosedale Cemetery, Orange, New Jersey.

Books by Augusta Huiell Seaman

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The Dragon's Secret

Crime Fiction
Detective Children's Literature

Augusta Huiell Seaman is the author of over 40 historical fiction and mystery novels for older children most of which are currently out of print. The Dragon’s Secret was originally published in 1921.

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The Sapphire Signet

Adventure Action
Mystery Young adult fiction Exploration Twists Intriguing

In the heart of a bustling city lies a hidden secret—a secret concealed within the enigmatic depths of a sapphire signet. Augusta Huiell Seaman's "The Sapphire Signet" unravels a tale of mystery, intrigue, and unexpected discoveries. Amidst the fast...