Eleanor H. Porter
Eleanor Hodgman Porter (1868-1920), was the author of the classic 1913 novel Pollyanna and its sequel Pollyanna Grows Up, about an eternally optimistic missionary child who, by playing the "glad game", transforms an entire community. Porter, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, was "educated in public schools during her childhood until illness caused her to turn to private tutors. She then attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts." Porter, a Christian woman, once said "I have never believed that we ought to deny discomfort and pain and evil; I have merely thought that it is far better to 'greet the unknown with a cheer'".
Life and works
Porter was born December 19, 1868, in Littleton, New Hampshire, where she grew up, married, and began to write short stories for magazines as well as novels. In 1913, however, she wrote Pollyanna, which sold over a million copies and brought her national fame, demanded a sequel (Pollyanna Grows Up), and introduced the word "Pollyanna," meaning a pleasantly yet extremely optimistic person. The town of Littleton knew her for her singing voice when she was a young girl, and she continued to please the town in her writing. She continued to write best-selling novels throughout the 1910s and died on May 21, 1920.
- Bestsellers, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Pollyanna
- Bestsellers, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Pollyanna Grows Up
- "Porter, Eleanor Hodgman." Encyclopedia Britannica Online.