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Elder, Susan Blanchard

Jacklyn R. Pierce

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.1600500

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Elder, Susan Blanchard (19 April 1835–03 November 1923), writer, was born at Fort Jessup in Sabine Parish, Louisiana, the daughter of Albert Gallatin Blanchard, an officer in the U.S. and later the Confederate army, and Susan Thompson. Her mother died when she was a child, and because her father’s military duties took him away from home, she spent several of her early years living with relatives in the North. She returned to Louisiana as a teenager and attended the Girls’ High School of New Orleans as well as St. Michael’s Convent of the Sacred Heart in nearby St. James Parish. Using the pen name “Hermine,” she began to publish poems and stories in area newspapers when she was sixteen. Two examples of her writing from this period, the poems “Babies” and “First Ride,” reveal a youthful, romantic, and optimistic view of life....

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Subjects: Biographical Studies ; Literary Studies (Fiction, Novelists, and Prose Writers)

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