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Sara Payson Willis, the journalist and novelist known as Fanny Fern, was one of the most successful United States writers of the nineteenth century. Author of the best-selling Ruth Hall, she was also widely read as a columnist, a genre she worked in for twenty years.
9 July 1811 Sara Payson Willis, later novelist and journalist FF, was born in Portland, Maine, USA, the fifth of nine children in her family.  Bibliographic Citation link.
December 1854 FF published her first novel, Ruth Hall: A Domestic Tale of the Present Time, with Mason Brothers. Bibliographic Citation link.
9 June 1855 FF began the serialisation of her melodramatic novella "Fanny Ford: A Story of Everyday Life" for the New York Ledger. Earning $100 a column, she became the highest paid newspaper writer of the period. Bibliographic Citation link.
10 October 1872 FF died of cancer. Bibliographic Citation link.
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