Fanny Fern

Novelist, Author

1811 – 1872

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Who was Fanny Fern?

Fanny Fern, born Sara Willis, was an American newspaper columnist, humorist, novelist, and author of children's stories in the 1850s-1870s. Fern's great popularity has been attributed to her conversational style and sense of what mattered to her mostly middle-class female readers. By 1855, Fern was the highest-paid columnist in the United States, commanding $100 per week for her New York Ledger column.

A collection of her columns published in 1853 sold 70,000 copies in its first year. Her best-known work, the fictional autobiography Ruth Hall, has become a popular subject among feminist literary scholars.

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Born
Jul 9, 1811
Portland
Also known as
  • Sara Willis
  • Sarah Payson Willis
Parents
Siblings
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Hartford Female Seminary
Lived in
  • Maine
  • Saugus
Died
Oct 10, 1872
Manhattan

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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