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Brief Biography of Mary Mapes Dodge:
Mary Mapes Dodge (January 26, 1831-1905) was an American children's writer and editor, best known for her novel Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates.
Dodge was born in New York City. She was married at 20 years old and had two children in the first four years of marriage. But her husband drowned in 1858 leaving Dodge a widow at the age of 27.
In 1859 she began writing and editing, working with her father to publish two magazines, the Working Farmer and the United States Journal. Within a few years she had great success with a collection of short stories, The Irvington Stories (1864). Her publisher requested a novel, and Dodge responded with Hans Brinker, an instant bestseller.
Later in life Mary Mapes Dodge became an associate editor of Hearth and Home, edited by Harriet Beecher Stowe. She became an editor in her own right with the children's St. Nicholas Magazine, for she was able to solicit stories from a number of well-known writers including Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, and Robert Louis Stevenson. St. Nicholas became one of the most successful magazines for children during the second half of the nineteenth century, with a circulation of almost 70,000 children.
Dodge is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in Hillside, New Jersey.
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