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Madeline Babcock Smith

Born: June 11, 1887 in Rochester, Illinois
Died: December 15, 1952 in Springfield, Illinois

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Babcock Smith was a lifelong resident of Illinois. She was born in Rochester, lived in Springfield from 1892 - 1918, and then lived most of her life in Decatur.

Biography: Madeline Babcock Smith published short stories, essays, and poetry in a number of newspapers and popular magazines. Her book is semi-biographical - an account of life in a small Illinois town. The scenes were from Rochester, Illinois, where Mrs. Smith was born.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; History; Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

The lemon jelly cake
ISBN: 158547407X OCLC: Thorndike, Me. :

Center Point Pub., Thorndike, Me. : 2004.

An 11-year-old girl chronicles the first summer of the new century in the sleep town of Tory, Illinois.