Rose Terry Cooke

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Although few today read her work, Rose Terry Cooke (1827-1892) once held a prominent place among the short-fiction writers known as local colorists. Her career began before the Civil War. Her first story was published in Graham’s Magazine (1845); her first verses appeared in the New York Tribune under the editorship of Charles A. Dana, to whom she dedicated her book of poems in 1861. She gained wide notice when her work was featured in the inaugural issue of The Atlantic Monthly in 1857.

First and foremost, Rose Terry Cooke was a popular writer. She made her living by the pen. Yet, despite her popularity, there is only one known contemporary source on Cooke’s life. Written by Harriet …

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Rohrbach, Augusta. "Rose Terry Cooke". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 November 2009
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