Maine: An Encyclopedia
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Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

His Work . . . Hyperion, a prose romance and Voices of the Night (1839) “Psalm of Life,” a poem (1839) Ballads and Other Poems, including “The Skeleton in Armor” (1841) Ballads and Other Poems (1842) Poems on Slavery (1842) … Continue reading

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MacDougall, Arthur R., Jr.

(1896-19??) was born in the rural and forested community of Enfield on August 16, 1896, the son of a master carpenter. His father had emigrated from Scotland and, in the “new world” had evangelical ministry. His mother was Nellie Rosilla … Continue reading

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Moore, Ruth

Weir in a Cove on Beals Island (2004)

1903 Birth, July 21 on Gott’s Island at the mouth of Blue Hill Bay. 1917 Goes to the mainland; stays with relatives while attending Ellsworth High School. 1921 Graduates from Ellsworth High, attends New York State College for Teachers in … Continue reading

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Pulitzer Prize Winners

The following winners have Maine roots from birth or residence. Author Year Category Title Laura E. Richards 1917 Biography Julia Ward Howe Booth Tarkington 1919 Literature The Magnificent Ambersons Booth Tarkington 1922 Literature Alice Adams Edwin Arlington Robinson 1922 Poetry … Continue reading

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Rich, Louise Dickinson

Rich and Two of her "Boys" (c. 1940)

Selected Works Happy the Land (1946/1998) Start of the Trail (1949) My Neck of the Woods (1950) Trail to the North (1952) Only Parent (1953) Innocence Under the Elms (1955) The Coast of Maine (1956/1962/1970/1975/1993) Peninsula (1958/1971) First Book of … Continue reading

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Richards, Laura E.

Laura Richards House (2003)

Selected Works Sketches and Scraps (1881) Five Mice in a Mouse Trap (1881) The Joyous Story of Toto (1885) Toto’s Merry Winter (1887) Queen Hildegarde (1889) In My Nursery (1890) Captain January (1890) Hildegarde’s Holiday (1891) Hildegarde’s Home (1892) Melody … Continue reading

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Roberts, Kenneth L.

Selected Works Arundel : A Chronicle of the Province of Maine and of the Secret Expedition led by Benedict Arnold against Quebec (1930) The Battle of Cowpens: The Great Morale-Builder (1957) Black Magic : an account of its beneficial use … Continue reading

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Robinson, Edwin Arlington

E. A. Robinson House (2003)

Amaranth (1934) Avon’s Harvest (1921) Captain Craig: A Book Of Poems (1903) Cavender’s House (1929) The Children of the Night: a Book of Poems (1897) Dionysus In Doubt : A Book Of Poems (1925) The First Seven Years (1930) Fortunatus … Continue reading

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Russo, Richard

a resident of Camden won the Pulitzer Prize “for distinguished fiction by an American author,” in 2002 for Empire Falls, about a declining mill town in Maine. According to an article in the Bangor Daily News, Russo reportedly said “This … Continue reading

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Smith, Elizabeth Oakes

Selected works . . . Bertha and Lily, or, The Parsonage of Beech Glen: A Romance. (1854)The Dandelion (1845)Jack Spanker and the Mermaid (1843?)The Newsboy (1854)Old New York: or, Democracy in 1689. A tragedy, in five acts. (1853) The Poetical … Continue reading

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Smith, Seba

was born in 1792 at Buckfield in western Maine.  He graduated in Bowdoin College’s  class of 1818 and went on to establish Maine’s first daily newspaper, the Portland Courier. Smith created Major Jack Downing, a character he used in his … Continue reading

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Stowe, Harriet Beecher

The "Stowe House" c. 1950

Selected works The Mayflower, or, Sketches of scenes and characters among the descendants of the Pilgrims (1843) The Colored Patriots of the American Revolution (1855) An inside View of Slavery; or, A tour among the planters (1855) Dred; a Tale … Continue reading

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Strout, Elizabeth

Anything Is Possible (2017) My Name Is Lucy Barton (2016) The Burgess Boys (2013) Olive Kitteridge (2008) Abide with Me (2006) Amy and Isabelle (1998) Elizabeth Strout (1956-    ) lived in Harpswell as a young girl. “My parents came from … Continue reading

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Thoreau, Henry David

(1817-1862) was born on July 12, 1817 and raised in Concord, Massachusetts. He was truly a “journalist,” keeping a daily journal from young adulthood to shortly before his death. He traveled to Maine, climbed Mount Katahdin, and was an early … Continue reading

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White, E. B.

The Main House in Brooklin (2003)

Selected works . . . The New Yorker Album (1928) One Man’s Meat (1942) Stuart Little (1945) Here is New York (1949) Charlotte’s Web (1952) The Trumpet of the Swan (1970) Letters of E.B. White (1976) Essays of E.B. White … Continue reading

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Wiggin, Kate Douglas

Salmon Falls Village Library in Hollis Center (2003)

And other stories . . . 1887 Kindergarten chimes: a collection of songs and games composed and arranged for kindergartens and primary schools 1889 The Story Of Patsy 1890 The Story Hour 1890 Timothy’s Quest 1895 Froebel’s Gifts 1895 The … Continue reading

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Williamson, William D.

William D. Williamson, Maine Senate President 1820-1821 (courtesy Maine State Archives)

(1779-1846) a U.S. Representative, was born in Canterbury, Connecticut on July 31, 1779, then moved in boyhood with his father to Amherst, Massachusetts. He attended the common schools and Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, and was graduated from Brown University in … Continue reading

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Willis, Nathaniel P.

Selected works American Scenery, Or, Land, Lake And River Illustrations Of Transatlantic Nature, Vols. I and II (1840) Canadian Scenery Illustrated (1842) The Convalescent (1859) Dashes At Life With A Free Pencil (1845) Famous Persons And Places (1854) Fugitive Poetry … Continue reading

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