Eliza Farnham

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General Information

Celebrated on the Illinois State Library, Gwendolyn Brooks Building

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

Illinois Connection

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.

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 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

Find on World Cat

Literary Awards

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

External Links

Eliza Farnham on WorldCat


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