Alice Turner Curtis's catalog entry

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Post by Lushnam » January 18th, 2019, 7:12 am

There seemed to be very little known about Alice Turner Curtis: see https://librivox.org/author/2455

So, I did a lot of research and found out a lot of stuff about her and her family members. At least some of that information should probably go in her catalog entry.

To see what I've discovered (including my sources), see this thread (especially post no. 4): viewtopic.php?f=1&t=73407

So, here's a summary of the information to make it easy to extract what is relevant for the catalog:

Alice Curtis Turner (6 Sep 1860 to 10 Jul 1958) was an author of juvenile fiction and historical fiction (among potentially other things).

Her maiden name is Alice L. Turner. She was born in Sullivan, Hancock, Maine, USA to John Vinal Turner and Susan A. Turner (maiden name is Susan S.). Her father was a sail-maker. Both of her parents were also born in Maine. She married Irving Curits on 20 May 1895, in Boston, Massachusetts. He lived from 18 Jan 1837 to 18 Nov 1910, was born in East Mercer, Maine, and died in Boston. They owned a house in 1900, but later rented (and she was later a boarder in 1940). She had already entered the literary profession by 1895 (and also reported herself as an author in 1940). Her first known published work was Marjorie's Way (published in 1905). She is known for writing The Little Maid's Historical Series, the Grandpa's Little Girls series, the Little Heroine series, The Yankee Girl Civil War Stories series, the Marjorie series, and the Little Runnaways series, as well as a number of other books. She lived much of her life in Boston (but has lived in other areas, too, such as Sullivan, Maine, before living in Boston, and Needham, Massachusetts, after living in Boston). She had at least three or four siblings (John V. Turner, Annie/Anna S. Turner, and Ella F. Turner; she dedicated Marjorie in the Sunny South to her sister, Anna), and she was the youngest child of those whose we know (they were all born in the same town). Her gravestone is in Southside Cemetery, in Skowhegan, Somerset, Maine. Most, if not all, of her published public domain works have been illustrated, by various artists (and most, if not all, were first published by Penn). She wrote at least sixty published books.

Based on her family information that I've seen (not all of which I've included in the sources), she and her family members probably did know quite a lot about history and the subject matter of her books.

It's possible that more information about her is contained in her books that are not public domain (and/or those without currently known e-texts).
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Post by TriciaG » January 18th, 2019, 10:43 am

Thanks! We don't add full biographies, so I just took and used some of what you've found. :)
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Post by Lushnam » January 18th, 2019, 11:09 am

TriciaG wrote:
January 18th, 2019, 10:43 am
Thanks! We don't add full biographies, so I just took and used some of what you've found. :)
You're welcome, and thanks! :)

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