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Early American Fiction Collection

EAF Author: Lydia Maria (Francis) Child (1802-1880)

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Lydia Maria Child was born Lydia Francis in Massachusetts in 1802. In 1828 she married abolitionist lawyer David Lee Child, and a few years later, in 1833, published the tract Appeal for that Class of Americans Called Africans. Child remained a prominent abolitionist, co-editing with her husband the National Anti-Slavery Standard. She published numerous works during a life-long career as an author and advocate of issues such as women's rights.

Contemporary Biographies

From Oscar Fay Adams, A Dictionary of American Authors (1901)

From Samuel Austin Allibone, A Critical Dictionary of English Literature (1900)

From Evert A. Duyckinck, Cyclopaedia of American Literature (1856)