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Lydia Howard Sigourney has been called the "first professional woman poet" of the USA. Bibliographic Citation link. Immensely prolific, she published more than sixty-five books (didactic, educational, biography, children's, and travel books as well as poetry), and stopped counting at over 2,000 contributions to periodicals, annuals, and gift books. Late in life she commented, "I think now with amazement, and almost incredulity, of the number of articles I was induced by the urgency of editors to furnish." Bibliographic Citation link. Her very high contemporary reputation has as yet led to no real revival of interest in her work.
1 September 1791 Lydia Howard Huntley (later LHS) was born in Norwich, Connecticut, USA, her parents' only child. Bibliographic Citation link.
March 1815 Lydia Howard Huntley (later Sigourney) published at Hartford, Connecticut, her first book, Moral Pieces, in Prose and Verse, with her own name, a practice which she discontinued on her marriage. Bibliographic Citation link.
December 1834 LHS published a small volume entitled simply Poems, a couple of years after her family became dependent on her literary earnings. Bibliographic Citation link.
10 June 1865 LHS died in Hartford, Connecticut, where she had lived all her life, and where two streets are now named after her. Bibliographic Citation link.
2 April 1866 LHS's autobiographical Letters of Life, published at New York the year after her death, was her last book to reach print, completed by her daughter with an account of her deathbed. Bibliographic Citation link.
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