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Helen Hunt Jackson

Helen Hunt JacksonAKA Helen Maria Hunt Fiske

Born: 15-Oct-1830
Birthplace: Amherst, MA
Died: 12-Aug-1885
Location of death: San Francisco, CA
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, CO

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Poet, Novelist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Ramona

American poet and novelist, who wrote under the intials of "H.H." (Helen Hunt), was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, on the 18th of October 1831, the daughter of Nathan Welby Fiske, who was a professor in Amherst College. In October 1852 she married Lieutenant Edward Bissell Hunt, of the US Army Corps of Engineers. In 1870 she published a little volume of meditative Verses, which was praised by Ralph Waldo Emerson in the preface to his Parnassus (1874). In 1875 she married William S. Jackson, a banker, of Colorado Springs. She became a prolific writer of prose and verse, including juvenile tales, books of travel, household hints and novels, of which the best is Ramona (1884), a defense of the Indian character. In 1883, as a special commissioner with Abbot Kinney (b. 1850), she investigated the condition and needs of the Mission Indians in California. A Century of Dishonor (1881) was an arraignment of the treatment of the Indians by the United States. She died on the 12th of August 1885 in San Francisco.

Father: Nathan Welby Fiske (university professor, b. 1798, d. 1847)
Husband: Edward Bissell Hunt (b. 1822, d. 1863)
Husband: William S. Jackson (banker, m. 1875)

Author of books:
Verses (1870, poetry)
Bits of Travel (1872)
Bits of Talk About Home Matters (1873)
Saxe Holm's Stories: First Series (1874)
The Story of Boon (1874)
Mercy Philbrick's Choice (1876)
Bits of Talk, in Verse and Prose, for Young Folks (1876)
Hetty's Strange History (1877)
Bits of Travel at Home (1878)
Saxe Holm's Stories: Second Series (1878)
Nelly's Silver Mine (1878)
Letters from a Cat (1879)
Matty Tittleback and Her Family (1881)
A Century of Dishonor (1881, nonfiction)
Ramona (1884, novel)
Easter Bells (1884)
The Hunter Cats of Connorloa (1884)
Zeph: A Posthumous Story (1886)
Glimpses of Three Coasts (1886)
Sonnets and Lyrics (1886, poetry)
Between Whiles (1887)
My Legacy (1888)
Poems (1892, poetry)
Pansy Billings and Popsy (1898)
Glimpses of California and the Missions (1902)

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