This page has links to two groups of works covering women authors of the 19th century. The first group has works by or about women authors and poets around the U.S. Second are works about authors, male and female, from the Great Lakes states, many of whom wrote about the region. Entries for these are found on other pages of this site, as shown.
Women Authors throughout the U.S.
Our Famous Women. An Authorized Record of the Lives and Deeds of Distinguished American Women of our Times …
an Entirely New Work, Full of Romantic Story, Lively Humor, Thrilling Experiences, Tender Pathos, and Brilliant Wit, with Numerous Anecdotes, Incidents, and Personal Reminiscences by the following Twenty Eminent Authors: (authors listed below) superbly illustrated with full-page portraits mainly from photographs taken expressly for this work, and fine full-page engravings from original designs by Mr. T. W. Williams
Hartford, CT: Hartford 1888
Elizabeth Stuart Phelps – Harriet Beecher Stowe – Rose Terry Cooke – Mary A. Livermore – Harriet Prescott Spofford – Marion Harland – Mary Clemmer – Louise Chandler Moulton – Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney – Lucy Larcom – Julia Ward Howe – Susan Coolidge – Kate Sanborn – Elizabeth Cady Stanton – Lucia Gilbert Runkle – Laura Curtis Bullard – Lilian Whiting – Elizabeth T. Spring – Elizabeth Bryant Johnston – Maud Howe
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Our Famous Women. Comprising the Lives and Deeds of American Women who have Distinguished themselves in Literature, Science, Art, Music, and the Drama …
or are Famous as Heroines, Patriots, Orators, Educators, Physcians, Philanthropists, etc. with Numerous Anecdotes, Incidents, and Personal Experiences. By the following twenty Authors: (authors listed below) superbly illustrated with full-page portraits mainly from photographs taken expressly for this work
Hartford, CT: Worthington 1883
Harriet Beecher Stowe – Rose Terry Cooke- Harriet Prescott Spofford – Elizabeth Stuart Phelps – Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney – Mary A. Livermore – Lucia Gilbert Runkle – Marion Harland – Mary Clemmer – Kate Sanborn – Louise Chandler Moulton – Lucy Larcom – Julia Ward Howe – Susan Coolidge – Elizabeth Cady Stanton – Laura Curtis Bullard – Lilian Whiting – Elizabeth T. Spring – Elizabeth Bryant Johnston – Maud Howe
Faust, Langdon Lynne, ed.
NY: Ungar 1988
This is an abridged edition (over 900 pages) of a multi-volume set. Contains entries averaging 2 pages for each woman writer, authored by many scholars.
Griswold, Rufus Wilmont
NY: Miller 1874
This was first published in 1848, and contains a selection of poems from each of over 100 poets from the 1840s and before. Every writer is introduced with biographical information and Griswold’s comments about their work. Many of these poets were also popular prose writers.
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Halsey, Francis Whiting, ed.
NY: James Pott 1903
This has 27 authors, mostly living in New York and Massachusetts. There are photos of the homes of several.
Harkins, E. F. and C. H. L. Johnston
Boston: L. C. Page 1902
There are 21 American writers represented here. Portraits are included.
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Harris, Sharon M., ed.
Bruccoli Clark Layman 2000
Vol. 221 in the series “Dictionary of Literary Biography”. Contains entries for about 50 women prose writers, written by a variety of scholars.
The Female Prose Writers of America. With Portraits, Biographical Notices, and Specimens of their Writings
Hart, John S.
Philadelphia: Butler 1855
About 60 writers are represented here. Each writer is introduced with a brief biography and some information about the main works they have published, followed by a few pages of selections from one or two of their works.
Holloway, Laura C. (Laura Carter)
NY: Alden 1889
“The woman’s story as told by twenty American women is a composite picture of the representative fiction work of the female writers of the republic. It is one which depicts the types and characteristics of people who unitedly compose our young nation.” “The compilation represents the field of fiction, from the appearance of the first great American novel to the present day.”
– from the editor’s Preface. Authors included are:
Harriet Beecher Stowe – Harriet Prescott Spofford – Rebecca Harding Davis – Edna Dean Proctor – Maritta Holley – Nora Perry – Augusta Evans Wilson – Louise Chandler Moulton – Celia Thaxter – Mrs. Sara J. Lippincott – Abba Gould Woolson – Mary J. Holmes – Margaret E. Sangster – Olive Thorne Miller – Elizabeth W. Champney – Julia C. R. Dorr – Marion Harland – Louisa May Alcott – Ella Wheeler Wilcox – Rose Terry Cooke
Read, Thomas Buchanan
Philadelphia: Butler 1851
This was first published in 1848. Over 80 poets are included, usually with one or two poems each and very brief biographical info.
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Shockley, Ann Allen
“From Colonial days to the Great Depression, the voices of America’s black women writers spoke of their defiance, their dreams, and their world despite the constraints of race, sex, class, and slavery. This groundbreaking anthology brings to print forty-one of these women – their lives as well as their works.” – Book cover
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Walker, Cheryl, ed.
Rutgers Univ. 1992
Contains a selection of poems written by each of the following women: Lydia Sigourney, Maria Gowen Brooks, Sarah Helen Whitman, Elizabeth Oakes-Smith, Emma Embury, Lucretia Davidson, Frances Sargent Osgood, Anne Lynch Botta, Julia Ward Howe, Alice Cary, Maria White Lowell, Phoebe Cary, Lucy Larcom, Frances Harper, Rose Terry Cooke, Helen Hunt Jackson, Celia Thaxter, Mary Tucker Lambert, Adah Isaacs Menken, Ina Coolbrith, Emma Lazarus, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Henrietta Cordelia Ray, Edith M. Thomas, Lizette Woodworth Reese, Louise Imogen Guiney, Mary Weston Fordham.
Authors of the Great Lakes States
Venable, William H., Beginnings of Literary Culture in the Ohio Valley; Historical and Biographical Sketches (1891)
See Chapter 9, “Pioneer Poets and Story-Writers“, p. 267; Chapter 16 “Amelia Welby“, p. 471; Chapter 17 “Alice Cary“, p. 482.
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Report of the Illinois Woman’s Exposition Board, from 1891 to 1894 (1895)
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Parker, Benjamin S. and Heiney, Enos B., comp. and ed., Poets and Poetry of Indiana; a representative collection of the poetry of Indiana during the first hundred years of its history as territory and state, 1800 to 1900 (1900)
Rice, Alonzo, ed., Some Indiana Writers and Poets (1908)
Skelcher, Lucille Detraz and Jane Lucille Skelcher, “Julia L. Dumont of Vevay” (1938)
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Goodrich, Madge Vriehuis, A Bibliography of Michigan Authors (1928)
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Stowe, Harriet Beecher, Life of Harriet Beecher Stowe: compiled from her letters and journals (1889)
Coggeshall, William Turner, The Poets and Poetry of the West: with Biographical and Critical Notices (1864)
Coyle, William, ed., Ohio Authors and Their Books. Biographical Data and Selective Bibliographies for Ohio Authors, Native and Resident, 1796-1950 (1962)
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Hatcher, Harlan, “Among Ohio Writers” in The Buckeye Country: a Pageant of Ohio (1947)
Venable, William Henry, Ohio Literary Men and Women; an Address Prepared for the Ohio Centennial Celebration (1904)
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Rounds, Charles Ralph, and Hippensteel, Henry Sherman, eds., Wisconsin in Story and Song; Selections from the Prose and Poetry of Badger State Writers (1916)