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Name:  Elbert Hubbard  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction

Born: June 19, 1856 in Bloomington, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Hubbard was born in Bloomington and raised in Hudson.

Biographical and Professional Information

Elbert Hubbard was a writer, publisher, artist and philosopher. He also edited and published two magazines, ''The Philistine'' and ''The Fra''. The phrase, ''When life gives you lemons, make lemonade'' was initially coined by Hubbard in a 1915 obituary he wrote for the actor Marshall P. Wilder. The obituary, entitled ''The King of Jesters'', praises Wilder's optimistic attitude and achievements in the face of his disabilities.

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