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Frances Miriam Whitcher

(1814—1852)


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(1814–52),

New York author of a popular series of humorous sketches in colloquial dialect. These sketches of Yankee characters contain the first American female comic figures to be portrayed at length, and with good-natured satire depicted typical feminine foibles of the time. After publication in Godey's Lady's Book and other magazines, they were collected in The Widow Bedott Papers (1856) and Widow Spriggins, Mary Elmer, and Other Sketches (1867). In 1879 Petroleum V. Nasby dramatized the Widow Bedott sketches, preserving much of the original dialogue.

Subjects: Literature.


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