Mary Hartwell Catherwood

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General Information

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Name: Mary Hartwell Catherwood

Pen Name: Mary Hartwell

Genres: Fiction

Born: 1847 in Luray, Ohio

Died: 1902 in Chicago


Illinois Connection

Catherwood lived in Illinois and died in Chicago. Many of her books had a midwestern flair and were set in Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

After graduation in 1868 from Granville Female College in Granville, Ohio, Mary Hartwell Catherwood taught in Ohio and Illinois before she was able to support herself by writing. Her early work was mainly in short stories and long serials which were published in magazines such as the Atlantic and Lippincott's. In 1889, with the publication of The Romance of Dollard, an historical romance based on the work of Francis Parkman, Catherwood took a new direction. Historians of American fiction suggest that Catherwood's importance lies in her having been the first novelist to write popular romantic historical novels, forecasting the bestselling genre at the turn of the century. Catherwood was the first woman novelist born west of the Alleghenies and the first woman novelist to be a college graduate.

Published Works

  • The White Islander: -1893, Cornell University Library, 2009
  • The Chase of Saint-Castin and Other Stories of the French in the New World - 1894, Houghton-Mifflin, 2010
  • The Spirit of an Illinois Town and The Little Renault: Two Stories of Illinois at Different Periods,, University of Michigan Press, 1897
  • The Days of Jeanne d'Arc.-1897, Cornell University Library, 2009
  • Bony and Ban: The Story of a Printing Venture,, Lathrop Publishing, 1898
  • Heroes of the Middle West: The French-1898, FQ Books , 2010
  • The Queen of the Swamp and Other Plain Americans-1899, Oak Grove, 2011
  • Spanish Peggy: A Story of Young Illinois-1899, Cornell University Library, 2009
  • Lazarre-1901, Forgotten Books, 2011

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

**REPRINT** Catherwood, Mary Hartwell, 1847-1902. The chase of Saint-Castin and other stories of the French in the new world. Boston, Houghton, Mifflin, 1894.**REPRINT**

ASIN: B004IOLRU6
Release Date: 2010


The Days of Jeanne d'Arc: -1897

ISBN: 1112286950
Release Date: 2009-07-24

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Bony and Ban, the Story of a Printing Venture

ASIN: B0039ZKRBA
Release Date: 1898


Mary Marie (Classic Reprint)

ISBN: 145101919X
Release Date: 2012-08-03

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Literary Awards

External Links

Mary Hartwell Catherwood on WorldCat

Mary Hartwell Catherwood on Amazon

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