(1858–1950), Philadelphia author, known for her gracefully witty and scholarly essays, collected in Books and Men (1888), Points of View (1891), Essays in Miniature (1892), Essays in Idleness (1893), In the Dozy Hours (1894), The Fireside Sphinx (1901), Compromises (1904), Americans and Others (1912), Counter-Currents (1916), Under Dispute (1924), To Think of Tea! (1932), Eight Decades (1937), and other volumes. Her biographical studies include Père Marquette (1929), Mère Marie of the Ursulines (1931), and Junipero Serra (1933). In Pursuit of Laughter (1936) is a historical study of types of humor. In Our Convent Days (1905) and A Happy Half-Century (1908) are autobiographical works.
From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.