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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.


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

Selected Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 133059519X. OCLC Number: 975476405


ISBN: 1177240874. OCLC Number: 944671662

Nabu Press,. .

Our chosen land. a romantic story of america from the time of its discovery.
ISBN: 1175323322. OCLC Number: 945355751

Nabu Press,. .

Story of america, containing the romantic incidents of history, from the discovery of ... america to the present time (classic reprint).
ISBN: 1331017963. OCLC Number: 982521795


The precipice
ISBN: 9781620118405. OCLC Number: 872369720

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This ambitious novel of ideas served as an important fulcrum in the growing canon of feminist literature that began to emerge in the early twentieth century. In it, Peattie follows the life of protagonist Kate Barrington--as well as a full cast of other women--as she navigates the challenges of what it means to be female in a new era of opportunity.