Stebbins, Lucy Poate, 1886-1958

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The daughter of Baptist missionaries in Japan, author Lucy (Poate) Stebbins was the third of five children of Belle (Marsh) and Thomas Pratt Poate. She was born in Portsmouth, England, while her parents were on furlough, but returned with them to Japan before she was two. The family settled in western New York State in 1892. Stebbins was graduated from the Fredonia Normal School in 1904. She taught school in Sherman and Mt. Vernon, N.Y. until her marriage in 1910 to Howard Leslie Stebbins. In 1919 Howard Stebbins was named librarian of the Social Law Library in Boston. The family, which now included three children (Richard, Elizabeth, and Marabelle) moved to Newton, Mass., where they resided until 1943, when they moved to Cambridge. Preoccupied with her domestic work, LPS did not begin writing until the 1920s, publishing Old Adam's Likeness, the first of eight novels, in 1928. Her biographical and critical works include A Victorian Album: Some Lady Novelists of the Period (1946) and London Ladies: True Tales of the Eighteenth Century (1952), and three books written with her son, Richard Poate Stebbins: Enchanted Wanderer: The Life of Carl Maria von Weber (1940), Frank Damrosch: Let the People Sing (1945), and The Trollopes: The Chronicle of a Writing Family (1945). She died in Boston in 1958. A full account of her life can be found in So Hard the Stones: Lucy Poate Stebbins and Her Life in Literature (1993) by Richard Poate Stebbins.

From the description of Papers, 1732-1994 (inclusive), 1876-1958 (bulk). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232008837

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creatorOf Stebbins, Lucy Poate, b. 1886. Papers, 1732-1994 (inclusive), 1876-1958 (bulk). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Albums, ca., 1861-1962 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Papers, 1732-1994 (inclusive), 1876-1958 (bulk) Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Porter, Bruce, 1865-1953. Bruce Porter papers, [ca. 1887-1953]. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Brico, Antonia. Antonia Brico letter to Lucy Ward Stebbins : Helsinki, Finland : ALS, 1948 July 28. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Dewson, Molly, 1874-1962. Papers, 1893-1962 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Dewson, Molly, 1874-1962. Papers of Molly Dewson, 1893-1962 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Keeler, Charles Augustus, 1871-1937. Papers of Charles Augustus Keeler, 1895-1944. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Stebbins, Howard L., 1883-1979. Howard L. Stebbins papers, 1862-1993. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Haddock, Ruth. Dissertation, n.d. Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library
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associatedWith Barzun, Jacques, 1907- person
associatedWith Brico, Antonia. person
associatedWith Brown, Arthur Judson, 1856-1963. person
associatedWith Damrosch, Walter, 1862-1950. person
associatedWith Dewson, Molly, 1874-1962. person
associatedWith Fleming, Elizabeth P. person
associatedWith Haddock, Ruth. person
associatedWith Houghton Mifflin Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Keeler, Charles Augustus, 1871-1937. person
associatedWith Lucy (Poate) Stebbins, 1886-1958 person
associatedWith Marsh family. family
associatedWith MARY (MOLLY) WILLIAMS DEWSON, 1874-1962 person
associatedWith Moe, Henry Allen. person
associatedWith Poate, Belle Marsh. person
associatedWith Poate family. family
associatedWith Poate, Thomas Pratt. person
associatedWith Porter, Bruce, 1865-1953. person
associatedWith Stebbins, Howard L., 1883-1979. person
associatedWith Stebbins, Richard Poate, 1913- person
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Women and literature
Children's literature, American
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American literature--20th century
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Women novelists, American
Women biographers
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Birth 1886-03-11

Death 1958-01-30

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