The Shirley Letters: From the California Mines, 1851-1852
August 01, 2014
6.0 X 8.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.85 pounds
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About the Author
Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe was born in New Jersey in 1819. The Herald first published Louise's letters and poems in 1851 under the pseudonym of Dame Shirley. She went on to become a well-respected schoolteacher and a leading figure in California's early literary scene.
Marlene Smith-Barazini is the associate editor of California History, the quarterly journal of the California Historical Society. In 1989, she received her M.A. in writing from the University of San Francisco. She is currently working on a biography of Louise Clappe.