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Catharine Maria Sedgwick was one of nineteenth-century America's most prolific and versatile women writers. She published, among other things, novellas, advice books, religious writing, over one hundred pieces of short prose, six novels, eight works for children, a travel narrative, two biographies, and a translation from Italian. Bibliographic Citation link.
28 December 1789 In Stockbridge, Massachusetts, CMS was born the second-to-last of ten children (seven of whom survived).  Bibliographic Citation link.
27 April 1822 CMS's first novel, A New-England Tale; or, Sketches of New-England Character and Manners, was licensed: it appeared anonymously that year, with a title-page stanza from Robert Burns, dedicated to Maria Edgeworth. Bibliographic Citation link.
After June 1824 Redwood: A Tale, CMS's second novel, but first work of significant literary weight, was published anonymously. Bibliographic Citation link.
6 May 1827 CMS's Hope Leslie; or, Early Times in the Massachusetts, her best-known novel, was licensed for publication: it appeared this year as by 'the Author of Redwood'. Bibliographic Citation link.
1862 CMS published her last known work, the short story "A Sketch from Life". Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
31 July 1867 CMS died of paralysis in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. Bibliographic Citation link.
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