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BENNETT, Emerson, author, born in Monson, Hampden County, Massachusetts, 16 March 1822. His father died in 1835, and after remaining three years longer on the homestead farm young Bennett prepared for College, but at the age of seventeen went to New York City, where he published a poem called "The Brigand," in an Odd-Fellows' journal. After visiting Philadelphia and Baltimore, he went to Cincinnati, where he first became traveling agent for a magazine, and then wrote stories for the "Daily Commercial." He also founded a magazine called "The Casket," but it lived only nine months. In 1850 Mr. Bennett moved to Philadelphia. His writings include about forty romances and many hundred sketches of American frontier life, which have appeared in the New York "Ledger," the Philadelphia "Evening Post," and other papers. In 1860 he established the "Dollar Monthly," which was a failure. Among his novels are "Viola" and " Waldo Warren" (Philadelphia, 1852)" "Clara Moreland" (1853); and " The Artist's Bride " (New York, 1857). His most popular books have been "Prairie Flower" and " Leni Leoti," which have had a circulation of 100,000 copies. A uniform edition of his novels was recently begun, but only three volumes have been published, "The Outlaw's Daughter" and "Villetta Lindon" (Philadelphia, 1873), and "The Phantom of the Forest" (1874).
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