Book Cover of Maria Thompson Daviess


Lifetime: 1872 - 1924 Passed: ≈ 99 years ago


Artist, Author


United States

Maria Thompson Daviess

Maria Thompson Daviess was an American artist and feminist author. She is best known for her popular novels written in the early 20th century, with a "Pollyanna" outlook, as well as several short stories, among them, “Miss Selina Sue and the Soap-Box Babies," "Sue Saunders of Saunders Ridge" and "Some Juniors." Daviess was affiliated with the Equal Suffrage League in Kentucky, being the co-founder and vice-president of the chapter in Nashville and an organizer of the chapter in Madison.

Maria (sometimes "Marie") Thompson Daviess was born in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, November 28, 1872. Her parents were John Burton Thompson Daviess (a relative of the Harrodsburg-born writer Zoe Anderson Norris) and Leonora Hamilton Daviess. The father, John B. T. Daviess, died when she was eight, and the family subsequently relocated to Nashville, Tennessee. Her paternal grandmother, also named Maria Thompson Daviess, was a columnist and lecturer.

Daviess studied one year at Wellesley College, and then travelled to Paris to study art. Returning to Nashville, she continued to paint and also took up writing. Her first novel, Miss Selina Lue and the Soap-box Babies was published in 1909. The Melting of Molly, published in 1912, was one of the top best-selling books for the year. She published sixteen novels between 1909 and 1920.

She resided in Nashville, Tennessee in 1910, but in 1921, she moved to New York City, where she died in September 1924. She did not marry and had no children.

Books by Maria Thompson Daviess

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Family Happiness Determination Life Disaster

Phyllis is a lonely little rich girl who comes with her millionaire father and invalid mother to live in Byrdsville, Tennessee. There she meets and befriends the remainder of the Byrd family, now fallen on hard times, but determined to restore their...

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The Daredevil

Romance Adventure Novel
Mystery Redemption Courage Self-Discovery Resistance Magic Secret Intriguing

This is a captivating tale that transports readers to the enchanting world of Fairlands, a picturesque town nestled amidst the rolling hills of Kentucky. In this delightful story, a spirited young woman named Barbara Lane is determined to leave her m...

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The Heart's Kingdom

Romance Fiction Novel
Redemption Struggle Destiny Desire Emotion Resilience Secret Healing Mysterious

Amidst the rolling hills of a quaint southern town, secrets intertwine with destinies in "The Heart's Kingdom" by Maria Thompson Daviess. In a place where time seems to linger, the arrival of a mysterious stranger sets in motion a series of events th...

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Melting of Molly

Meet Molly: a quirky, spirited twenty-five-year old, widowed for 6 years, living in picturesque Hillsboro with her aunt amidst gossipy neighbors, on a strict diet, and in serious boy trouble. There's Arthur, her childhood sweetheart; then, there's th...

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Andrew the Glad

"There are some women who will brew mystery from the decoction of even a very simple life. Matilda is one of them, remarked the major to himself as he filled his pipe and settled himself before his high-piled, violet-flamed logs..."A sweet, heartfelt...