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Anthony, Katharine Susan (1877–?) - Biography

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Katharine Susan Anthony was born on November 27, 1877, at Roseville, Arkansas. She was the daughter of Ernest Augustus and Susan Jane (Cathey) Anthony. She attended Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, Tennessee, from 1895 to 1897 before leaving for the universities of Heidelberg and Freiburg in Germany. She returned to the United States and received a Ph.D. degree in 1905 from the University of Chicago.

Anthony taught in public schools in Arkansas before becoming an English instructor at Wellesley College in 1907–8. She moved to New York City in 1908 and entered a career in social service with the Russell Sage Foundation and other social organizations. She began writing books on social issues, such as Mothers Who Must Earn (1914), Feminism in Germany and Scandinavia (1916), and Labor Laws of New York (1917). In 1920 she began writing biographies, beginning with Margaret Fuller: A Psychological Biography . This was followed by Catherine the Great (1925), Queen Elizabeth (1929), Marie Antoinette (1933), and Louisa May Alcott (1938). She was also co-author of Civilization in the United States—An Inquiry by Thirty Americans (1921). The biographies on Catherine the Great, Marie Antoinette, and Queen Elizabeth were researched in Russia, France, and England, and all received favorable reviews.

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