AMANDA M. DOUGLAS SIGNED CARD, "Amanda M. Douglas, Author of In Trust, Hope Mills, etc., Newark, N. J. U.S.A.", 3.5 x 2, by the author of A Little Girl and The Helen Grant series. She writes the title of her first book, In Trust, and another on the card. Age toning, stains to right edge and small stain bottom edge, otherwise in fine condition.
Amanda Minnie Douglas (1831-1916) was an American writer of adult and juvenile fiction. She was probably best remembered by young readers of her day for the Little Girl and Helen Grant series published over the decades flanking the turn of the twentieth century. Douglas began by submitting short stories and poems to local publications. In time her stories appeared in editions of The New York Ledger, Saturday Evening Post, and the Lady’s Friend Magazine. Her first novel, In Trust, was published in 1866. She would go on to publish at least a novel a year until her retirement in 1913. Douglas was a friend of Louisa May Alcott and an acquaintance of Edgar Allan Poe. She was an active member of the Ray Palmer Club, a Newark woman's literary group, and the New Jersey Women's Press Club.