Maine: An Encyclopedia
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Authors

Abbott, Jacob

(1803-1879) was born in Hallowell, graduated from Bowdoin College in 1820 and from Andover Theological Seminary in 1825. He was professor of mathematics and natural philosophy at Amherst College from 1825-1829. He was rdained in 1834 at Elliot Church, Boston … Continue reading

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Abbott, John Stevens Cabot

was born in Brunswick on September 18, 1805. He was a brother of Jacob Abbott. Having graduated Bowdoin College in 1825, with Longfellow and Hawthorne. He later attended Andover Theological Seminary, serving as a minister between 1830 and 1844 when … Continue reading

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Browne, Charles F.

Charles Farrar Browne born in Waterford on April 26, 1836. His father operated a store in Waterford, engaged in farming and did some surveying. Browne attended local schools and, though he did well, he was more likely to be a … Continue reading

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Carr, Sister Frances

Shaker Buildings in New Gloucester (2003)

Her memoir, Growing Up Shaker, provides a glimpse into life in the Sabbathday Lake community in New Gloucester. Many orphans, or children whose parents could not afford to care for them, were brought to Shaker communities instead of to orphanages. … Continue reading

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Carson, Rachel

(1907-1964) biologist, environmentalist, and nature writer was born in Springdale, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh, on May 27, 1907. From the mid-1940s, she and her mother spent summers near West Southport, and in 1952 Carson built a summer cottage along the Sheepscot … Continue reading

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Chase, Mary Ellen

Mary Ellen Chase, professor English, May, 1933

(1887-1993) produced a great many books in her career that secured her place in academic circles. Her books about her recollections of Maine provide readers with vivid images of life on the rural coast in the years before electricity and … Continue reading

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Chute, Carolyn

(1947?- ) (pronounced CHOOT) is a Maine author best known for her Beans of Egypt, Maine which conveys the hard life of the state’s rural poverty.  She was born Carolyn Penny in Portland. She grew up in the rural Pond … Continue reading

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Clarke, Rebecca

Rebecca Sophia Clarke (February 22, 1833-August 10, 1906), daughter of Asa Clarke, was born in Norridgewock.  After her education at the Female Academy in Norridgewock, she moved to Evansville, Illinois, living at the home of a married sister while she … Continue reading

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Coatsworth, Elizabeth

Chimney Farm Conservation Easement Notice (2008)

Selected works . . . Cricket and the Emperor’s Son (1962) The Giant Golden Book of Dogs, Cats, and Horses: 61 stories and poems. (1957) The House of the Swan (1959) Knock at the Door (1931) The Trunk (1941) The … Continue reading

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Coffin, Robert

Works by R. P. T. Coffin Christchurch (1924) Book Of Crowns And Cottages (1925) Dew And Bronze (1927) A Book Of Seventeenth-Century Prose (1929) An Attic Room (1929)Golden Falcon (1929) Laud, Storm Center Of Stuart England (1930) The Dukes Of … Continue reading

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Day, Holman

Publications Up in Maine: Stories of Yankee Life Told in Verse (1900; his first book of poems)* The Legend of Frenche’s Isle (1900) An Edict in Modern Acadia (1901) Pine Tree Ballads: Rhymed Stories of Unplaned Human Natur’ Up in … Continue reading

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Eckstorm, Fannie Hardy

(1865-1946), a historian of the Penobscot Indians, was born in Brewer. She also wrote historical articles about the lumber and fur industries in the Penobscot Valley. She was respected for her exact research on the history of the Penobscot Indians, … Continue reading

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Greenlaw, Linda

A Swordfish Harpoon Boat (NOAA photo)

(1962 – ) has written several bestselling books about her life as a commercial fisherman and the culture of fishing. Before Linda became a best selling author she was a commercial fisherman for seventeen years. As the Barnes & Noble … Continue reading

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Hamlin, Helen

Maine Department of Conservation Photo

By the early 1930s, approximately twenty families lived permanently at the depot, including those of the superintendent, paymaster, master mechanic, truck drivers, Lombard operators, boat operators, scalers, camp superintendents, and many more. At the height of its operation, thousands of … Continue reading

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Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Nathaniel Hawthorne House

(1804-1864) was born on July 4, 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts, to a prominent family. Family and local history, some of it drawn from Raymond, Casco, and the surrounding area where he spent many summers between 1813 and 1825, provided much … Continue reading

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Howells, William Dean

William Dean Howells House at Kittery Point (2013)

William Dean Howells (1837-1920) was a prolific author, editor, and literary critic. While not a legal Maine resident, his connections to the state include his relationship with Maine-based writers, his two decades at the summer place in Maine at Kittery … Continue reading

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Jewett, Sarah Orne

Sarah Orne Jewett House, South Berwick (2001)

Selected Works Deephaven (1877) The Country of the Pointed Firs (1896) Old Friends And New (1879) Country By-ways (1881) A Country Doctor (1884) The Mate of the Daylight, and Friends Ashore (1884) A Marsh Island. (c. 1885) A White Heron: … Continue reading

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Jones, Rufus M.

Plaque: Birthplace of Rufus M. Jones (2004)

His publications . . . Addresses about South China, 1955 The American Friends in France, 1917-1919, 1943 The Boy Jesus and His Companions, 1922 A Boy’s Religion from Memory, 1904 A Call to What is Vital, 1948 The Church’s Debt … Continue reading

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Kellogg, Elijah

Selected works . . . The Ark of Elm Island (1897) Arthur Brown, the Young Captain (1870 The Boy Farmers of Elm Island (1869) Brought to the Front, or, The Young Defenders (1876) Burying the Hatchet: or, The Young Brave … Continue reading

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King, Stephen

King House in Bangor (2003)

The Novels Carrie (1974) Salem’s Lot (1975) The Shining (1977) The Stand (1978) The Dead Zone (1979) Firestarter (1980) Cujo (1981) Christine (1983) Pet Sematary (1983) Cycle of the Werewolf (1983) The Talisman (with Peter Straub, 1984) It (1986) The … Continue reading

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