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Elia Wilkinson Peattie

Born: January 15, 1862 in Kalamazoo, Michigan
Died: July 12, 1935

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Peattie moved with her family to Chicago when she was young.

Biography: 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

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Elia Wilkinson Peattie on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

ISBN: 133059519X OCLC: 975476405

FORGOTTEN Books, [Place of publication not identified], 2015.

ISBN: 1177240874 OCLC: 944671662

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

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

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

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

FORGOTTEN Books, [Place of publication not identified], 2015.

  The precipice
ISBN: 9781620118405 OCLC: 872369720

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.