Woolson, Constance Fenimore

Woolson, Constance Fenimore,

1840–94, American novelist, b. Claremont, N.H.; grandniece of James Fenimore CooperCooper, James Fenimore,
1789–1851, American novelist, b. Burlington, N.J., as James Cooper. He was the first important American writer to draw on the subjects and landscape of his native land in order to create a vivid myth of frontier life.
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, and author of a number of well-written and popular works, including the novels Anne (1882), East Angels (1886), and Jupiter Lights (1889), and the collections of short stories Castle Nowhere (1875) and The Front Yard (1895), the latter stories of Italy, where she spent much time. Woolson's style is realistic and unsentimental, often concerning those on the edge of society, unusual for a woman writer of her era.
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Woolson, Constance Fenimore (Anne March, pen name)

(1840–94) writer; born in Claremont, N.H. (great-niece of James Fenimore Cooper). Her family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, when she was young, and she studied there and in New York City. She traveled with her mother in various parts of America and wrote travel sketches and regional stories for periodicals, such as Castle Nowhere: Lake Country Sketches (1875). She lived in Europe beginning in 1879, where she became a friend of Henry James (who portrayed her in The Aspern Papers). She also wrote novels, including For the Major (1883), short stories, and poetry. After a serious illness she committed suicide in Venice.
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References in periodicals archive ?
Woolson, Constance Fenimore. "The Ancient City." Harper's New Monthly Magazine Dec.
Woolson, Constance Fenimore. "In Search of the Picturesque." Harper's New Monthly Magazine (July 1872): 161-68.