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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Elia Wilkinson Peattie  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: January 15, 1862 in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Died: July 12, 1935

-- Elia Wilkinson Peattie on WorldCat --

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 Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Precipice
ISBN: 140686563X

Echo Library. 2008

First published in 1914

Sarah Brewster's relatives,

Houghton Mifflin Company. 1916

A Mountain Woman
ISBN: 1434616533

BiblioBazaar. 2007

This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. This text refers to the Bibliobazaar edition.


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