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Earle, Alice Morse (1851–1911) - Popular History

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Alice Morse Earle was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, to Edwin Morse, a machinist partner in a tool company and eventually director of the First National Bank, and Abby Mason Clary Morse. She attended Worcester High School and Dr. Gannett’s boarding school in Boston. On April 15, 1874, she married Henry Earle, a New York broker, and moved to Brooklyn Heights.

Earle began her historical career by writing magazine articles on Colonial American churches. Her first book was The Sabbath in Puritan New England , published in 1891. Over the next twelve years, she published seventeen books and over thirty articles on Colonial American lives, manners, and customs. In her home were fifty subject files filled with notes. The Sabbath in Puritan New England was followed by China Collecting in America (1892). She wrote several books on Colonial clothing, including Customs and Fashions of Old New England (1893), Costume of Colonial Times (1894), and Two Centuries of Costume in America 1620–1820 , a two-volume work published in 1903. The latter was preceded by two books on gardens, Old Time Gardens (1901) and Sun Dials and Roses of Yesterday (1902). In between were books on almost any subject imaginable for the period— Colonial Dames and Good Wives (1895); Colonial Days in Old New York (1896); Home Life in Colonial Days (1898); In Old Narragansett: Romances and Realities (1898); Child Life in Colonial Days (1899); and Stage-coach and Tavern Days (1900). She took time out to edit the Diary of Anna Green Winslow, a Boston School Girl of 1771 in 1894 and to write a biography of Margaret Winthrop in 1895.

Alice Earle was very active socially. She belonged to several organizations including Daughters of the American Revolution and the Society of Colonial Dames and often took time out from her writing to travel. In January 1909, on a trip from Boston to Egypt with her sister Frances, their steamer, the Republic , struck another steamer off the Nantucket Lightship and was cut in half. The two women almost drowned. Her health suffered, and she died on February 16, 1911, of nephritis.

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