Laura Elizabeth Richards

(1850-1943 / the United States)

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Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards (February 27, 1850 - January 14, 1943) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to a high-profile family. During her life, she wrote over 90 books, including children's, biographies, poetry, and others. A well-known children's poem for which she is noted is the literary nonsense verse "Eletelephony."

Her father was Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe, an abolitionist and the... more »

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  • ''"Oh, nonio, Antonio!
    You're far too bleak and bonio!
    And all that I wish,
    You singular fish,
    Is that you will quickly begonio."''
    Laura Elizabeth Richards (1850-1943), U.S. poet. Antonio (l. 18-20). . . Oxford Book of Children's Verse in America, The. Donald Hall, ed. (1985) ...
  • ''Once there was an elephant,
    Who tried to use the telephant—
    No! no! I mean an elephone
    Who tried to use the telephone—''
    Laura Elizabeth Richards (1850-1943), U.S. poet. Eletelephony (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of Children's Verse, The. Iona Opie and Peter Opie, eds. (...
  • To thousands of elder women in the late sixties and early seventies [the private women's club movement] came like a new gospel of activity and service. They had reared their children and seen them tak...
    Laura Elizabeth Richards (1850-1943), U.S. author and daughter of Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910), a U.S. author and social reformer, and Maude Howe Ellio...
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