Pool, Maria Louise (1841–1898)

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Pool, Maria Louise (1841–1898)

American author . Born on August 20, 1841, in Rockland, Massachusetts; died on May 21, 1898, in Rockland, Massachusetts; attended public schools; never married; no children.

Selected works:

A Vacation in a Buggy (1887); Tenting at Stony Beach (1888); Dally (1891); Roweny in Boston (1892); Mrs. Keats Bradford (1892); Katharine North (1893); The Two Salomes (1893); Out of Step (1894); Against Human Nature (1895); Mrs. Gerald (1896); In Buncombe County (1896); In a Dike Shanty (1896); In the First Person (1898); Boss and Other Dogs (1898); A Golden Sorrow (1898); A Widower & Some Spinsters (1899); The Melon Farm (1900).

Born in 1841 and raised in the small New England town of Rockland, Massachusetts, Maria Louise Pool attended public school and as a teenager began contributing stories to several popular magazines, including Galaxy. In 1870, after working as a schoolteacher, Pool moved to Brooklyn, New York, where she became a regular contributor to the New York Tribune and the Evening Post, submitting humorous home-spun essays about her native New England and her travels in Florida and the Carolinas. Her first novel, A Vacation in a Buggy (1887), was well received, as were those that followed at a rate of about one a year. While her plots were often strained, Pool's warmly drawn characters and humorous take on life attracted a wide readership. Pool, who never married, died at age 56 at her Massachusetts home, in May 1898. Her last two novels were published posthumously.


Edgerly, Lois Stiles, ed. Give Her This Day. Gardiner, ME: Tilbury House, 1990.

McHenry, Robert, ed. Famous American Women. NY: Dover, 1983.

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