Elia Wilkinson Peattie

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General Information

Name: Elia Wilkinson Peattie

Pen Name: None

Born: January 15, 1862 in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Died: July 12, 1935

Celebrated on the Illinois State Library, Gwendolyn Brooks Building

"We are all quite free to admit that the large and comprehensive novel of Chicago has not yet been written, and it may be that it is an impossibility, like the great American novel. Chicago is too diverse for any book to represent more than one phase of its life." - Elia Wilkinson Peattie, Atlantic Monthly, December 1899

Illinois Connection

Peattie moved with her family to Chicago when she was young.

Biographical and Professional Information

Elia Peattie was a Chicago journalist, novelist and short-story writer. Peattie began her career as a reporter with the Chicago Tribune in 1884 and eventually held the influential post of literary editor of the Tribune from 1901 to 1917. She published hundreds of short stories and 32 books, including The Precipice (1914), perhaps her best novel. Others include Lotta Embury's Career (1915), The Newcomers (1916), and Sarah Brewster's Relatives (1916). She was the mother of naturalist Donald Culross Peattie.

Published Works

  • The Story of America, Containing the Romantic Incidents of History, R.S. King, 1889
  • A Journey Through Wonderland, Rand McNally, 1890
  • The Judge, Rand McNally, 1890
  • With Script and Staff, A Tale of the Children`s Crusade, A.D.F. Randolph and Company, 1891
  • The Pictorial Story of America Containing the Romantic Incidents of History from the Discovery of America to the Present Day, American Publishing and Engraving, 1895
  • Our Chosen Land, A Romantic Story of America, Wabash Publishing Co, 1896
  • The Precipice, 1914
  • Lotta Embury's Career, 1915
  • The Newcomers, 1916
  • Sarah Brewster's Relatives, 1916

Titles at Your Library

The Precipice

ISBN: 140686563X
Release Date: 2008-03-11

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Sarah Brewster's relatives,

Release Date: 1916

A Mountain Woman

ISBN: 1434616533
Release Date: 2007-05-05

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Literary Awards

  • Name engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures, 1990

External Links

Elia Wilkinson Peattie on WorldCat


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