Laura Elizabeth Richards

(1850-1943 / the United States)

Biography of Laura Elizabeth Richards

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 founder of the Perkins Institution and Massachusetts School for the Blind. Samuel Gridley Howe's famous pupil Laura Bridgman was Laura's namesake.

Julia Ward Howe, Laura's mother, was famous for writing the words to The Battle Hymn of the Republic.

In 1871, Laura married Henry Richards. He would accept a management position in 1876 at his family's paper mill at Gardiner, Maine, where the couple moved with their three children.

In 1917, Laura won a Pulitzer Prize for The Life of Julia Ward Howe, a biography, which she co-authored with her sister, Maud Howe Elliott.

Laura Elizabeth Richards's Works:

St. Nicholas (contributed poetry)
Five Little Mice in a Mouse Trap (1880)
The Little Tyrant (1880)
Our Baby's Favorite and Sketches and Scraps (1880)
Beauty and the Beast (retelling, 1886)
Hop o' My Thumb (retelling, 1886)
Kaspar Kroak's Kaleidoscope (1886)
The Joyous Story of Toto (1885)
Toto's Merry Winter (1887
Captain January (later made into a movie with Shirley Temple, 1890)
Star Bright (Captain January sequel, 1927)
The Hildegarde Series
Hildegarde's Neighbors (1889)
Hildegarde's Holiday (1891)
Hildegarde's Home (1892)
Hildegarde's Neighbors (1895)
Hildegarde's Harvest (1897)
The Melody Series
Melody (1893)
Marie (1894)
Bethsada Pool (1895)
Rosin the Beau (1898)
The Margaret Series
Three Margarets (1897)
Margaret Montfort (1898)
Peggy (1899)
Rita (1900)
Fernley House (1901)
The Merryweathers (1904)
Honor Bright: A Story for Girls (1920)
Honor Bright's New Adventure (1925)
The Green Satin Gown
Geoffrey Strong
Florence Nightingale: Angel of the Crimea (1909)
Two Noble Lives: Samuel Gridley Howe and Julia Ward Howe (1911)
Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910 (1915)
Laura Bridgman: The Story of an Opened Door (1928)
Tirra Lirra: New Rhymes and Old (1932)
What Shall the Children Read (1939)
Laura E. Richards and Gardiner (a compilation of poems and articles, 1939) Updates

Bird Song

The Robin sings of willow-buds,
Of snowflakes on the green;
The bluebird sings of Mayflowers,
The crackling leaves between;
The veery has a thousand tales
To tell to girl and boy;
But the oriole, the oriole,
Sings, 'Joy! joy! joy!'

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