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DOUGLAS, Amanda Minnie, author, born in New York City, 14 July 1838. She was educated at the City institute in New York, removed to Newark, New Jersey, in 1853, and afterward read English literature, history, and various other branches with a private tutor. In early childhood she had the gift of narration, and amused the neighboring children with stories that would be continued for weeks. At eighteen years of age she was about beginning" the study of designing and engraving, when illness in the family prevented. For a number of years she was chiefly devoted to nursing the sick, and while at the bedside gave her leisure moments to writing. She participated in planning several inventions, patenting one herself, a folding frame for a mosquitonet, to be used by travelers, artists, and others. Of her early efforts in writing she says: "I had no thought of becoming a novelist, as I was so interested in other pursuits; but this path seemed to, open, and others proved quite impossible, as I could not leave my home." She has lived in comparative retirement since childhood, in Newark, New Jersey, and its suburbs, and is author of the following stories : "In Trust " (Boston, 1866); "Claudia" (1867): "Stephen Dane" (1867); "Sydnie Adriance" (1868); "With Fate Against Him" (New York, 1870); "Kathie's Stories for Young People" (6 vols., Boston, 1870'1); "Lucia : Her Problem" (New York. 1871); "Santa Claus Land" (Boston, 1873); "Home Nook" (1873); "The Old Woman who Lived in a Shoe" (1874); "Seven Daughters" (1874); "Nelly Kinnard's Kingdom " (1876); "From Hand to Mouth" (1877); "Hope Mills" (1879); "Lost in a Great City" (1880); " Whom Kathie Married" (1883); "Floyd Grandon's Itonor" (1883); "Out of the Wreck" (1884); "A Woman's Inheritance" (1885); "Foes of Her Household" (1886).
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