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BARROW, Frances Elizabeth, author, born in Charleston, South Carolina, 22 February 18,22; widely known by her pen-name "Aunt Fanny. She was the daughter of Charles Benton Mease, of Charleston, and Sarah Matilda Graham, of Boston. She was educated in New York City, where the greater part of her life has been passed. She married, 7 December 1841, James Barrow, jr., of New York. In 1855 she began to write and publish books, and during the next fifteen years something like twenty-five volumes bearing her name were brought out by different publishers. The most popular of these are "Aunt Fanny's Story Book"; " Six Nightcaps" ; "Six Mittens "; "Six Popguns" ; "Four good little Hearts"; "Life among the Children" ; "Take Heed" ; and a novel, "The Wife's Stratagem." The juveniles had a phenomenal success among English readers, and some of them, notably "Six Nightcaps," were translated into French, German, and Swedish. Her miscellaneous literary productions have appeared in numerous periodicals. Her work is characterized by a peculiarly bright and captivating way of presenting homely, every-day scenes and sayings. Perhaps her most famous story is "The Letter G," published in a leading magazine in 1864. The story was very clever in itself, but gained a world-wide reputation through the manufacturers of a certain sewing-machine, then recently placed on the market and known by a trade-mark identical with the title of the story. These enterprising dealers took advantage of the gratuitous advertisement, and scattered the story broadcast over the world.
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