Lydia Maria Child

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  • Tara Deshpande (Independent Scholar - Europe)

Lydia Maria Child's prolific literary career spanned five decades, during which she produced numerous short stories, articles, novels and non-fiction books. At times her political activism damaged both her career and her personal reputation. However, despite unrelenting financial pressures, she remained a committed advocate in a range of causes, including the abolition of slavery and the promotion of native-Americans' and women's rights.

Lydia Francis was born on 11th February 1802 in Medford, Massachusetts. She was the youngest of the five surviving children of Convers Francis, a prosperous baker, and Susannah Rand Francis. Child was formally educated at local schools, concluding with a year at Miss Swan's Female …

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Deshpande, Tara. "Lydia Maria Child". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 March 2007
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