Laura E. Richards

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Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
Portrait of Laura E. Richards.jpg
Born (1850-02-27)February 27, 1850
74 Mount Vernon Street
Boston, Massachusetts
Died January 14, 1943(1943-01-14) (aged 92)
Gardiner, Maine
Notable awards 1917 Pulitzer Prize
Spouse Henry Richards
Children 7 (Alice Maud, Rosalind, Henry Howe, Julia Ward, Maud, John, Laura Elizabeth)
Relatives

Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards (February 27, 1850 – January 14, 1943) was an American writer. She wrote more than 90 books including biographies, poetry, and several for children. One well-known children's poem is her literary nonsense verse "Eletelephony", which is adapted into an animated segment (Vowel Letter Poem: E - Elephant) produced by Jeff Hale, and his animation studio, Imagination, Inc., for the television show Sesame Street.

Biography

Laura Elizabeth Howe was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on February 27, 1850. Her father was Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe, an abolitionist and the founder of the Perkins Institution and Massachusetts School for the Blind.[1] She was named after his famous deaf-blind pupil Laura Bridgman.[2] Her mother Julia Ward Howe wrote the words to "The Battle Hymn of the Republic".

In 1871 Laura married Henry Richards. He would accept a management position in 1876 at his family's paper mill at Gardiner, Maine, where the couple moved with their three children. In 1917 Laura won a Pulitzer Prize for Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910, a biography, which she co-authored with her sisters, Maud Howe Elliott and Florence Hall.

She died on January 14, 1943.

Legacy

A pre-kindergarten to second grade elementary school in Gardiner, Maine bears her name. Her children's book Tirra Lirra won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1959. Her home in Gardiner, the Laura Richards House, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Works

Richards contributed poetry to St. Nicholas Magazine.

Biographies

  • Letter and Journals of Samuel Gridley Howe (Vol. I: 1906, Vol. II: 1909)
  • Florence Nightingale: Angel of the Crimea (1909)
  • Two Noble Lives: Samuel Gridley Howe and Julia Ward Howe (1911)
  • Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910 (1915)
  • Elizabeth Fry, the Angel of the Prisons (1916)
  • Abigail Adams and Her Times (1917)
  • Joan of Arc (1919)
  • Laura Bridgman: The Story of an Opened Door (1928)
  • Stepping Westward (1931)

Other books

  • Baby's Rhyme Book (1878)
  • Babyhood: Rhymes and Stories, Pictures and Silhouettes for Our Little Ones (1878)
  • Baby's Story Book (1878)
  • Five Mice in a Mouse Trap (1880)
  • The Little Tyrant (1880)
  • Our Baby's Favorite (1881)
  • Sketches and Scraps (1881)
  • Baby Ways (1881)
  • The Joyous Story of Toto (1885)
  • Beauty and the Beast (retelling, 1886)
  • Four Feet, Two Feet, and No Feet (1886)
  • Hop o' My Thumb (retelling, 1886)
  • Kaspar Kroak's Kaleidoscope (1886)
  • L.E.R. (privately printed, 1886)
  • Tell-Tale from Hill and Dale (1886)
  • Toto's Merry Winter (1887)
  • Julia Ward Howe Birthday-Book (1889)
  • In My Nursery (1890)
  • Captain January (later made into a movie with Shirley Temple, 1891)
  • Star Bright (Captain January sequel, 1927)
  • The Hildegarde Series
    • Queen Hildegarde (1889)
    • Hildegarde's Holiday (1891)
    • Hildegarde's Home (1892)
    • Hildegarde's Neighbors (1895)
    • Hildegarde's Harvest (1897)
  • The Melody Series
    • Melody (1893)
    • Marie (1894)
    • Bethsada Pool (1895)
    • Rosin the Beau (1898)
  • The Margaret Series
    • Three Margarets (1897)
    • Margaret Montfort (1898)
    • Peggy (1899)
    • Rita (1900)
    • Fernley House (1901)
    • The Merryweathers (1904)
  • Glimpses of the French Court (1893)
  • When I Was Your Age (1893)
  • Narcissa, or the Road to Rome (1894)
  • Five Minute Stories (1895)
  • Jim of Hellas, or In Durance Vile (1895)
  • Nautilus (1895)
  • Isla Heron (1896)
  • "Some Say" and Neighbors in Cyrus (1896)
  • The Social Possibilities of a Country Town (1897)
  • Love and Rocks (1898)
  • Chop-Chin and the Golden Dragon (1899)
  • Quicksilver Sue (1899)
  • The Golden-Breasted Kootoo (1899)
  • Sundown Songs (1899)
  • For Tommy and Other Stories (1900)
  • Snow-White, or The House in the Wood (1900)
  • Geoffrey Strong (1901)
  • Mrs. Tree (1902)
  • The Hurdy-Gurdy (1902)
  • More Five Minute Stories (1903)
  • The Green Satin Gown (1903)
  • The Tree in the City (1903)
  • Mrs. Tree's Will (1905)
  • The Armstrongs (1905)
  • The Piccolo (1906)
  • The Silver Crown, Another Book of Fables (1906)
  • At Gregory's House (1907)
  • Grandmother, the Story of a Life that Never was Lived (1907)
  • Ten Ghost Stories (1907)
  • The Pig Brother, and Other Fables and Stories (1908)
  • The Wooing of Calvin Parks (1908)
  • A Happy Little Time (1910)
  • Up to Calvin's (1910)
  • On Board the Mary Sands (1911)
  • Jolly Jingles (1912)
  • Miss Jimmy (1913)
  • The Little Master (1913)
  • Three Minute Stories (1914)
  • The Pig Brother Play-Book (1915)
  • Fairy Operettas (1916)
  • Pippin, a Wandering Flame (1917)
  • A Daughter of Jehu (1918)
  • To Arms! Songs of the Great War (1918)
  • Honor Bright: A Story for Girls (1920)
  • In Blessed Cyrus (1921)
  • The Squire (1923)
  • Acting Charades (1924)
  • Seven Oriental Operettas (1924)
  • Honor Bright's New Adventure (1925)
  • Tirra Lirra: Rhymes Old and New (1932)[3]
  • Merry-Go-Round: New Rhymes and Old (1935)
  • E. A. R. (1936)
  • Please! Rhymes of Protest (1936)
  • Harry in England (1937)
  • I Have a Song to Sing You (1938)
  • The Hottentot and Other Ditties (1939)
  • What Shall the Children Read (1939)
  • Laura E. Richards and Gardiner (a compilation of poems and articles, 1939)

References

  1. ^ "Mrs. Richards Is 90. Daughter of Julia Ward Howe Honored in Maine". New York Times. Associated Press. February 28, 1940. Retrieved 2015-10-17. 
  2. ^ Trent, James W. (2012). The Manliest Man: Samuel G. Howe and the Contours of Nineteenth-century American Reform. University of Massachusetts Press. p. 180. ISBN 1558499598. 
  3. ^ archive.org
  • Laura E. Richards biography (readseries.com)

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