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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Eliza Farnham  

Pen Name: Eliza Wood Farnham, Eliza Woodson Burhans Farnham, and Eliza Woodson (Burnhan) Farnham

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: November 17, 1815 in Rensselaerville, New York


Illinois Connection

Farnham lived in Tazwell County.

Biographical and Professional Information

Eliza Farnham was a novelist, feminist and activist for prison reform. Her fame as an Illinois writer rests upon her work ''Life in the Prairie Land'', an account of the nearly five years she spent living in the prairie land of Tazewell County, Illinois near Pekin between 1836 and 1840.

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-- *Name engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures, 1990