Mary Ellen Chase


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(1887–1973), was born in Maine, from whose state university she graduated, and whose land, traditions, and people she celebrated in many of her books. In addition to her career as a professor of English, mainly at Smith (1926–55), she is known as a popular author. Her fiction includes Mary Peters (1934) and Silas Crockett (1935), novels about New England seafaring families; Dawn in Lyonesse (1938), a modern parallel of the Tristan and Isolde story; Windswept (1941); The Plum Tree (1949); The Edge of Darkness (1957), set in northern Maine; and Lovely Ambition (1960), set partly in Maine, partly in England. Other writings include This England (1936); The Bible and the Common Reader (1944); Jonathan Fisher (1948), biography of a Maine minister; Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (1950); Life and Language in the Old Testament (1955); and three autobiographical works: A Goodly Heritage (1932); A Goodly Fellowship (1939), and The White Gate (1954). She also wrote many children's books.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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