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Fanny Fern

FANNY FERN (1811 1872)

In 1855, Fanny was the highest paid columnist in the United States. Born Sarah Willis, she was the darling of Portland, Maine who won the praise of notoriously men's man, Nathaniel Hawthorne, who proclaimed that she wrote as if she had the devil in her. When locked out of the boys-only New York Press Club, she formed SOROSIS, America's first women's club which dedicated itself to the advancement and support of girls in art, literature and science. Beyond her wildly popular columns, she is best known for her novel, Ruth Hall .

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