Eliza Farnham

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General Information

Name: Eliza Farnham

Pen Name: Eliza Wood Farnham, Eliza Woodson Burhans Farnham, and Eliza Woodson (Burnhan) Farnham

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: November 17, 1815 in Rensselaerville, New York

Died: December 15, 1864 in New York City, New York

Celebrated on the Illinois State Library, Gwendolyn Brooks Building

"The ultimate aim of the human mind, in all its efforts, is to become aquainted wtih Truth" - Eliza Farnham, Woman and Her Era

Illinois Connection

  • Eliza lived in Tazwell County near Pekin, Illinois.

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 (1846), an account of the nearly five years she spent living in the prairie land of Tazewell County, Illinois near Pekin between 1836 and 1840.

Published Works

  • 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 for Purchase and at Your Library

California, Indoors And Out: Or How We Farm, Mine, And Live Generally In The Golden State

ISBN: 0548236836
Release Date: 2007-07-25

Buy on Amazon | Find on World Cat

Literary Awards

In 1990, her name was engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures.

External Links

Eliza Farnham on WorldCat

Eliza Farnham on Amazon

Eliza Farnham on Wikipedia


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