Bess Streeter Aldrich

Bess Streeter Aldrich

Bess Streeter Aldrich (February 17, 1881 - August 3, 1954) was an American author.

Bess Streeter was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa. After graduating from Iowa State Normal School, she taught school at several locations in the west, later returning to Cedar Falls to earn an advanced degree in education. A writer since early childhood, she won a writing contest at age fourteen and another at seventeen.

In 1906, she married Charles Aldrich. They moved to Elmwood, Nebraska, where Charles, Bess, her widowed mother, and family friends invested and purchased a bank. They had four children--Mary, Robert, Charles and James.

Aldrich began writing more regularly in 1911 when the "Ladies' Home Journal" advertised a fiction contest, which she entered and won. She went on to become one of the highest-paid women writers of the period. Her stories often concerned Midwestern pioneer history and were very popular with teenage girls and young women.

Aldrich's first novel, "Mother Mason", was published in 1924. When Charles died suddenly of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1925, Aldrich took up writing as a means of supporting her family. She was the author of about 200 short stories and thirteen novels, including "Miss Bishop". The latter novel was made into a movie "Cheers for Miss Bishop" (1941), which starred Martha Scott and Edmund Gwenn and premiered in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Aldrich received an honorary degree in literature from the University of Nebraska in 1934 and was named into the Nebraska Hall of Fame in 1973. She died in Lincoln on August 3, 1954.

Works

Novels

*"Mother Mason" (1924)
*"The Rim of the Prairie" (1925)
*"The Cutters" (1926)
*"A Lantern in Her Hand" (1928)
*"A White Bird Flying" (1931)
*"Miss Bishop" (1933)
*"Spring Came on Forever" (1935)
*"The Man Who Caught the Weather" (1936)
*"Song of Years" (1939)
*"The Drum Goes Dead" (1941)
*"The Lieutenant's Lady" (1942)
*"Journey Into Christmas" (1949)
*"The Bess Streeter Aldrich Reader" (1950)
*"A Bess Streeter Aldrich Treasury" (1959) (posthumous)

Other books

*"The Collected Short Works, 1907-1919"
*"The Collected Short Works, 1920-1954"

External links

* [http://www.lincolnne.com/nonprofit/bsaf/ Official website] All information on Aldrich's life and times.
* [http://info.neded.org/stathand/parttwo/aldrich.htm Bess Streeter Aldrich biography]
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* [http://gutenberg.net.au/plusfifty-a-m.html#aldrich Works by Bess Streeter Aldrich] at [http://gutenberg.net.au Project Gutenberg Australia]


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