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Curtis, Edith Roelker (1893–1977) - Popular History

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Edith Roelker Curtis, a Mayflower descendant with Benjamin Franklin and Roger Williams among her ancestors, was born on July 29, 1893, in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, to William Greene Roelker, a lawyer, and Eleanor (Jenckes) Roelker. She attended Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut, from 1909 to 1912. She was married in 1914 to Charles Pelham Curtis, Jr., a member of a 300-year-old “proper Boston family.” Curtis attended Radcliffe College from 1919 to 1921. In 1930 she published Anne Hutchinson: A Biography , which was translated into many languages, including Portuguese. This was followed by Lady Sarah Lennox: An Irrepressible Stuart in 1946. For the next fourteen years, she wrote articles, poetry, book reviews, novels, and magazine stories and lectured on writing. In 1961 she returned to history, publishing A Season in Utopia: The Story of Brook Farm , for which she received the National League of American Pen Women Award the next year. Curtis was instrumental in saving Brook Farm in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, site of the experimental communal association during 1844–1848. In 1973 the house and grounds were designated a historical landmark.

Edith Curtis died in Dublin, New Hampshire, on February 1, 1977.

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