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PRESTON, Harriet Waters, author, born in Danvers, Massachusetts, about 1843. She was educated chiefly at home, and began her literary labors about 1865 as a translator from the French, her first work being "The Life of Mine. Swetchine." Then followed "The Writings of Mme. Swetchine" ; a selection from Sainte Beuve, "Portraits de femmes" (first series), under the title of "Celebrated Women" ; "Mme. Desbordes-Valmore?' from the same author; and the "Life of Alfred de Mussel," by his brother, Paul de Musset. She has also published "Aspendale" (Boston, 1872) : a translation of Mistral's "Mireio" (Boston, 1873); "Love in the Nineteenth Century" (Boston, 1874); "Troubadours and Trouveres "(Boston, 1876) ; "Is That All ?" in the" No Name" series (Boston, 1876) ; a translation of the "Georgies of Virgil" (Boston, 1881) ; and "A Year in Eden" (1886). She has contributed frequent critical papers to the " Atlantic Monthly." Miss Preston has resided abroad for some time, mostly in France and Great Britain.
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