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Olive Percival

Born: 1869 in Sheffield, Illinois
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Percival was born in a log cabin on her family’s farm near Sheffield, Illinois. Her father died when she was ten. In 1887, she moved to Los Angeles with her mother and sister.

Biography: Percival began writing for publication in 1896 and sold her first poem and first article just before her 28th birthday. She was a multitalented writer, photographer, gardener, artist, and bibliophile who lived in the Arroyo Seco artists' enclave near Los Angeles. She was the author of several books on gardening and garden lore. She was also a regular contributitor to the ''Los Angeles Times'', writing articles on subjects ranging from women’s suffrage to gardening. After the Los Angeles Times bombing in 1910, she penned an article titled ''Would Woman's Vote Suppress Anarchy'', which appeared in the October 16, 1910 issue.The Huntington Library in California owns Percival's diaries, more than 700 of her photographs, and three book manuscripts.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Olive Percival on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

  Leaf shadows and rose-drift.
ISBN: 1176765647 OCLC: 944424134

Nabu Press, [Place of publication not identified] : 2010.

  Mexico city :
ISBN: 0217236499 OCLC: 595167965

General Books, [Place of publication not identified] : 2010.

The children's garden book :
ISBN: 0873282108 OCLC: 57751514

Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif. : ©2005.