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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mary Hartwell Catherwood  

Pen Name: Mary Hartwell, Lewtrah

Genre: Fiction Poetry Romance

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1847 in Luray, Ohio

Died: 1902 in Chicago


-- Mary Hartwell Catherwood on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=mary+hartwell+catherwood


Illinois Connection

Catherwood moved with her parents in 1856 from Ohio to Milford, Illinois; living there only a year as her parents died and she moved back to Ohio to be with her grandparents. In 1877, she moved back to Illinois and settled in Hoopeston. In 1899, Catherwood decided she needed to spend more time in Chicago to be nearer her publishers and for her daughter's schooling, so she took an apartment there that was her second home. She died in Chicago and is buried in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston/Iroquois County. Many of Catherwood's books had a midwestern flair and were set in Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mary Hartwell Catherwood was a teacher and an author of popular historical romances, short stories, and poetry. Early in her career she published under her birth name, Mary Hartwell, and under the pseudonym Lewtrah . In 1868, she graduated from Granville Female College in Granville, Ohio. She went on to teach in Ohio and Illinois before she was able to support herself by writing.

Her early work was mainly in short stories and long serials which were published in magazines such as the Atlantic and Lippincott's. In 1889, with the publication of ''The Romance of Dollard'', a historical romance based on the work of Francis Parkman, Catherwood's life took a new direction. Historians of American fiction suggest that Catherwood's importance lies in her having been the first novelist to write popular romantic historical novels, forecasting the bestselling genre at the turn of the century. Catherwood was the first woman novelist born west of the Alleghenies and the first woman novelist to be a college graduate.


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Titles At Your Library

The White Islander: -1893
ISBN: 1112289275

Cornell University Library. 2009

Originally published in 1893. This volume from the Cornell University Library's print collections was scanned on an APT BookScan and converted to JPG 2000 format by Kirtas Technologies. All titles scanned cover to cover and pages may include marks notations and other marginalia present in the original volume.

**REPRINT** Catherwood, Mary Hartwell, 1847-1902. The chase of Saint-Castin and other stories of the French in the new world. Boston, Houghton, Mifflin, 1894.**REPRINT**
ISBN: B004IOLRU6

Boston, Houghton, Mifflin, 1894.. 2010

The spirit of an Illinois town, and The little Renault: Two stories of Illinois at different periods,
ISBN: B0030GG8PW

University of Michigan Library. 1897

The Days of Jeanne d'Arc: -1897
ISBN: 1112286950

Cornell University Library. 2009

Originally published in 1897. This volume from the Cornell University Library's print collections was scanned on an APT BookScan and converted to JPG 2000 format by Kirtas Technologies. All titles scanned cover to cover and pages may include marks notations and other marginalia present in the original volume.

Bony and Ban, the Story of a Printing Venture
ISBN: B0039ZKRBA

Lothrop Publishing Company. 1898

Heroes of the Middle West - The French
ISBN: B003YMMCFW

FQ Books. 2010

Heroes of the Middle West - The French is presented here in a high quality paperback edition. This popular classic work by Mary Hartwell Catherwood is in the English language, and may not include graphics or images from the original edition. If you enjoy the works of Mary Hartwell Catherwood then we highly recommend this publication for your book collection.

Spanish Peggy: A Story of Young Illinois [1899 ]
ISBN: 1112432760

Cornell University Library. 2009

Originally published in 1899. This volume from the Cornell University Library's print collections was scanned on an APT BookScan and converted to JPG 2000 format by Kirtas Technologies. All titles scanned cover to cover and pages may include marks notations and other marginalia present in the original volume.

Mary Marie (Classic Reprint)
ISBN: 145101919X

Forgotten Books. 2012

Frontispiece i told her not to worry a bit about me 68 Why must you wait, darling? 164 Then I told him my idea 248 From drawings by Helen Mason Grose
(Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)

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