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In a prolific filling the latter part of the nineteenth century, United States author Elizabeth Stuart Phelps explored a range of interests in her more than fifty fiction and non-fiction books and hundreds of magazine stories, essays, plays, and poems—on topics ranging from women's rights, antivivisection, and temperance, to religion, homeopathy, and the afterlife. In recent years, literary scholars have re-examined and illuminated her consistent and persistent efforts to challenge female stereotypes and to advance the role of women, mainly through her fiction writing.
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31 August 1844 ESP was born Mary Gray Phelps in the parsonage of the Pine Street Congregational Church at 99 Harrison Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Bibliographic Citation link.
Later 1857 ESP began writing at an early age, publishing a "semi-column" in the children's journal Youth's Companion when she was thirteen. Bibliographic Citation link.
1868 ESP's literary position was established with the publication of her novel The Gates Ajar, for which she is now best known. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 23 April 1870 ESP's novel Hedged In was published; an industrial novel, The Silent Partner, followed this in 1871. Bibliographic Citation link.
28 January 1911 ESP died of heart failure at her Newton house in Boston. Bibliographic Citation link.
August 1911 ESP's last short story, "Comrades", was published seven months after her death, in Harper's New Monthly Magazine. Bibliographic Citation link.
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