Celebrated on the Illinois State Library, Gwendolyn Brooks Building
Pen Name: Eliza Wood Farnham, Eliza Woodson Burhans Farnham, and Eliza Woodson (Burnhan) Farnham
Born: November 17, 1815 in Rensselaerville, New York
Died: December 15, 1864 in New York City, New York
Farnham lived in Tazwell County.
Biographical and Professional Information
Eliza Farnham was a novelist, feminist and activist for prison reform. Her fame as an Illinois writer rests upon her work Life in the Prairie Land, an account of the nearly five years she spent living in the prairie land of Tazewell County, Illinois near Pekin between 1836 and 1840.
- Life in Prairie Land, 1846 - reprinted in 1988 by University of Illinois Press
- California, In-doors and Out, 1856 - reprinted in 1972 by Coronet Books
- My Early Days, 1859
- Woman and Her Era, 1864
- The Ideal Attained, 1865
Titles at Your Library
California, Indoors And Out: Or How We Farm, Mine, And Live Generally In The Golden State
Release Date: 2007-07-25
In 1990, her name was engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures.
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