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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Elizabeth Frances Corbett  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction

Born: 1887 in Aurora, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Corbett was a native of Aurora but grew up in a Milwaukee suburb on the grounds of a Civil War veterans' home near Milwaukee where her father worked.

Biographical and Professional Information

Elizabeth Corbett was a poet and author and she wrote historical novels that were often set during the Civil War. After her father's death in 1927, she and her mother moved to New York City.

Miss Corbett wrote a succession of 50 historical or period novels that were consistently popular, particularly among women. Reviewers often termed her nostalgic works ''entertaining'' and ''friendly'' . She also wrote short stories, plays, and many articles. Her best known character is the spry octogenarian, Mrs. Meigs.

She received a B.A. degree at the University of Wisconsin, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

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