Olive Higgins Prouty


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(1882–1974), Massachusetts author of popular fiction for women. Her best-known novel, Stella Dallas (1922), about a poor, self-sacrificing New England woman, was later a successful radio and television serial. Mrs. Prouty endowed the scholarship at her alma mater Smith College held by Sylvia Plath, whom she also befriended personally, and she is the model for Philomena Guinea in Plath's novel The Bell Jar.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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