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Poet and writer, born in Johnstown Center, Wisconsin, USA. Although she studied briefly at the University of Wisconsin (1867–8), she was largely self-educated, and her sentimental, inspirational verse, although immensely popular in its day, never found favour among serious students of poetry. Her Poems of Passion (1883) gained her early notoriety for writing ‘immoral’ poetry, and her poems thereafter tended to be on such subjects as temperance and, in later years, on religion and spiritualism. She wrote a daily poem in a newspaper syndicate for some years, and also wrote fiction and essays. After marrying (1884), she lived with her husband in Meriden, CT and New York City, and they also travelled widely.

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