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COLLIER, Ada Langworthy

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COLLIER, Ada Langworthy. (Dubuque, IA, Dec. 23, 1843--Dubuque, IA, Aug. 6, 1919). The daughter of Lucius Hart LANGWORTHY, Ada completed her education as the Lasell Seminary near Boston, Massachusetts. Her senior essay received the attention of the editor of the Atlantic, but she was so shy she declined his offer to publish it. (1) Her earliest attempt to attract attention was a series of "hospital Sketches," the result of a journey during the CIVIL WAR. (2)

Collier wrote short stories, essays, novels, poems and reviews that received critical acclaim. She occasionally used the pen names of "Anna L. Cunningham" or "Marguerite." (3)

"Lilith," a poetical story published in 1892, is considered by some authorities to be her most important work. It received praise from reviewers in this country, London and Paris. She also produced word pictures in her travel sketches entitled "A Day's Ramble" and "Among the Mountain Mists." Her novel "On the Edge of a New Land" was published in serial form in the Overland Monthly

Collier was a charter member and former president of the DUBUQUE LADIES' LITERARY ASSOCIATION. She married Robert Hutcheson COLLIER in 1867. Their home on West 3rd was known as "Linden Croft." (4)

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1. "Our Writers," Dubuque Daily Herald, April 7, 1895, p. 7

2. "Notable Women of Iowa: Bright Writers and Educators of Goodly Fame," Chicago Daily Tribune, July 8, 1888, p. 14

3. Reves, Winona Evans. The Blue Book of Iowa Women: A History of Contemporary Iowa Women. Online:http://www.kinyon.com/iowa/iawomen1914/00538rogers.htm

4. Ibid.

"Ada Langworthy Collier," Linwood Legacies. Online: http://www.linwoodlegacies.org/the-lucius-hart-langworthy-family.html

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