Fanny Fern entry: Overview screen.
9 July 1811
Sara Payson Willis, later novelist and journalist FF, was born in Portland
, the fifth of nine children in her family.
FF published her first novel, Ruth Hall: A Domestic Tale of the Present Time
, with Mason Brothers.
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.
10 October 1872
FF died of cancer.