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Lifetime: 1859 - 1937 Passed: ≈ 86 years ago




United States

Florence Morse Kingsley

Florence Morse Kingsley (July 14, 1859 – November 7, 1937) was an American author of popular and religious fiction. She is best known for her novels for children and young adults, which often featured strong female characters and themes of faith and adventure.

Kingsley was born in Poe, Ohio, to artists Eleanor Ecob and Jonathan Bradley Morse. She grew up in Brecksville Township, Ohio, and attended Oberlin College, where she studied English literature. After graduating from Oberlin, Kingsley taught school for several years before turning to writing.

Kingsley's first novel, Titus: A Comrade of the Cross, was published in 1894. The novel was a critical and commercial success, and it established Kingsley as a popular author of religious fiction. Kingsley went on to write over 50 novels, including Stephen: A Soldier of the Cross, The Cross Triumphant, and The Winning of Barbara.

In addition to her novels, Kingsley also wrote short stories, poems, and plays. She was also a regular contributor to magazines such as The Ladies' Home Journal and The Saturday Evening Post.

Kingsley was a devout Christian, and her faith was a major theme in her writing. She believed that it was important for children and young adults to have positive role models, and she often featured strong female characters in her stories. Kingsley also believed that adventure was an important part of growing up, and her stories often featured characters who went on exciting journeys.

Kingsley died in 1937 at the age of 78. She is remembered as a popular and influential author of religious fiction. Her books continue to be enjoyed by readers of all ages.

Here are some interesting facts about Florence Morse Kingsley:

  • She was a founding member of the American Pen Women, a professional organization for women writers.
  • She was a strong advocate for women's rights, and she often featured strong female characters in her stories.
  • She was a talented artist, and she often illustrated her own books.
  • She was a lifelong learner, and she continued to write and travel until her death.

Kingsley's life and work were shaped by her strong faith and her belief in the importance of education and adventure. She was a talented writer who created stories that entertained and inspired readers of all ages. She is remembered as a pioneer in the field of religious fiction, and her books continue to be enjoyed by readers today.

Books by Florence Morse Kingsley

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Paul: A Herald of the Cross

Fiction Novel
Religion Historical Fiction Sacrifice Faith Struggle Christianity Jesus Mission

"Saul of Tarsus, the great persecutor of Christians, is transformed into Paul, the greatest missionary of the early church." Paul: A Herald of the Cross is a biographical novel about the life of the apostle Paul. The novel follows Paul from his earl...

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Stephen: A Soldier of the Cross

Fiction Novel
Faith Christianity Life Beliefs Convicts Human Spirit Adversity

In the tumultuous era of early Christianity, amidst the upheaval and persecution of the early church, Stephen, a devout deacon, stands as a beacon of faith and resilience. Florence Morse Kingsley's Stephen: A Soldier of the Cross transports readers t...

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And So They Were Married

This is the story of Elizabeth North, a young woman who becomes engaged and with the aid of a social climbing friend begins to plan her wedding beyond what she can afford. Her friend Evelyn Tripp convinces Elizabeth that she “simply can’t afford” not...

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Titus: a comrade of the cross

Titus: A Comrade of the cross is a book full of suspense and drama, but more importantly truth. It is about Titus, a young man living in the time of Christ. He is a part of the lowest class of society, his father is a thief, and Titus' brother, whom...

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Transfiguration of Miss Philura

What would happen if someone really believed that "Ask and you shall receive"? Amusing observations on the impact on the life of mild-mannered spinster Miss Philura and her acquaintances in their small American township after she attends a rousing le...

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Miss Philura's Wedding Gown

Follow-up to "The Transfiguration of Miss Philura"....will the conviction of mild-mannered Miss Philura that "Ask and you have already received" be proved right or will her hopes be dashed, and the disapproving judgement of her fellow parishioners an...

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Tor, A Street Boy of Jerusalem

Tor is a young beggar living in the city of Jerusalem during the tumultuous time of the Roman occupation. Shouts of hope are the last thing this street boy expects when he witnesses Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. Tor comes face to face with...

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Heart of Philura

(Once again Mrs Kingsley does not shy away from the highs and lows of life in the quickly changing world of the 1900s…the ageing women working to support themselves or their families, in jobs that will soon disappear...the washerwoman, butter-woman a...

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The final story featuring the inhabitants of the growing township of Innisfield: Mrs Philura Pettibone’s story reaches its long-awaited conclusion and Miss Malvina’s life is changed forever by the arrival of various ”fur’ners”. Published in 1917, wit...

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Princess and the Ploughman

On the surface, Mary is the typical literary heroine: Beautiful, animated, and accomplished. She will be rich, too, when she inherits her aunt's large fortune. There is only one problem: Mary is required to marry before her twenty-third birthday or h...