Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

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  • Max Lester Loges (Lamar University )

Mary E. Wilkins Freeman was a late nineteenth and early twentieth century American writer of short stories, novels and children’s literature. She is best known for her depictions of New England villages and the characters that inhabit them.

Mary was born October 31, 1852 in Randolph, Massachusetts, to Warren and Eleanor Lothrop Wilkins. Both parents came from old New England families. Her father was a successful carpenter and house builder. In 1867 he moved his family to Brattleboro, Vermont, where he entered the dry-goods business. The original plan was to build a spacious home what would provide Eleanor with a better work space and a more comfortable situation for the entire family (Glasser, 16). Mary attended Mt. Holyoke …

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Loges, Max Lester. "Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 January 2014
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