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DORSEY, Anna Hanson, author, born in Georgetown, D. C., 12 December 1815. Her father was one of the first chaplains appointed in the U. S. navy. During her girlhood she contributed many short anonymous poems to periodicals. At the age of twenty-two she married Owen Dorsey, for many years judge of the Orphan's court in Baltimore. In 1840 she became a convert to the Catholic faith, Her works include dramas, poems, novels, tales. essays, and stories for young people. Many of her stories have appeared first as serials, and when issued in book form have been reproduced in foreign countries. One of her books, "May Brooke," republished in Scotland, was the first Catholic book issued in that country since the reformation. She has also written many political articles, as well as sketches and poems on national topics. The following is a partial list of her books: " The Student of Blenheim Forest" (Baltimore, 1847); "Flowers of Love and Memory," poems (1849); "Oriental Pearl" (1857; translated into German, and republished in Vienna); "Woodreve Manor" (Philadelphia, 1852); "May Brooke" (New York, 1856); "Coaina, the Rose of the Algonquins" (1868); "Nora Brady's Vow" (Boston, 1869); "Mona, the Vestal" (1869); "The Flemings, or Truth Triumphant" (New York, 1869); "The Old Gray Rosary" (1870); "Guy. the Leper," an epic poem (Baltimore, 1850); " Tangled Paths " (1879); '" The Old House at Glenarra" (Baltimore, 1886); "Warp and Woof" (1887); and "Pahns" (1887).
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