Eleanor Hallowell Abbott : biography
Eleanor Hallowell Abbott (Mrs. Fordyce Coburn) (September 22, 1872 – June 4, 1958), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was a nationally recognized American author. She was a frequent contributor to The Ladies’ Home Journal.
Abbott was the daughter of clergyman Edward Abbott, who edited the journal Literary World; and the granddaughter of noted children’s author Jacob Abbott. She attended Radcliffe College, and after completing her studies worked as a secretary and teacher at Lowell State Normal School.
Later life and literary career
In 1908 Abbott married Dr. Fordyce Coburn and relocated with him to Wilton, New Hampshire."Abbott, Eleanor Hallowell." American Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide from Colonial Times to the Present. Gale. 2000. Retrieved August 13, 2012 from HighBeam Research: http://www.highbeam.com Soon after moving, several widely read magazines accepted her work for publication. Two of her poems were accepted by Harper’s Monthly Magazine in 1909. She went on to publish seventy-five short stories and fourteen romantic novels. Being Little in Cambridge When Everyone Else Was Big is an autobiography written by Abbott about her childhood in Cambridge.
Abbott had no children. She died in 1958 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
The Eleanor Hallowell Abbott Papers are held by The University of New Hampshire Library in the Milne Special Collections. The collection primarily consists of typescripts of Abbott’s short stories.