Fanny Fern, 1811-1872

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Biographical note

Pseudonym of Sara Willis, American newspaper columnist, humorist, novelist, and author of children's stories. Fern's great popularity has been attributed to her conversational style and sense of what mattered to her mostly middle-class female readers. By 1855, Fern was the highest-paid columnist in the United States, commanding $100 per week for her New York Ledger column.

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