Susan Hale


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(1833–1910), writer, editor, painter, lecturer, and reader. The youngest of eight children of writer and translator Sarah P. Everett Hale and editor and publisher Nathan Hale, Susan Hale was born into a family where writing and editing were commonplace activities. At seventeen, Hale was reviewing books for her father's Boston Daily Advertiser. Throughout her life she continued writing for newspapers and magazines, primarily nonfiction prose. Although her family retained its place in Boston upper-middle-class society, in the 1840s and 1850s they faced financial difficulties. By the time she was twenty, Hale was contributing to the family's income by running a school for boys with her sister Lucretia P. Hale, and giving private lessons in classics and French to young women; she made her living by teaching for almost twenty years. In the late 1860s, after the family home was broken up following her mother's death, she rented rooms in Boston for her residence and studio. In 1872 she went to France and Germany to study art for a year, on her return painting and giving lessons.


From The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States in Oxford Reference.

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