Biography and History

Mary Mapes Dodge was an author and the first editor and principal force behind St. Nicholas, a children's magazine published by Charles Scribner's Sons. She is best known for the novel Hans Brinker, or, The Silver Skates: A Story of Life in Holland (1866), which was an instant best-seller.

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Biography and History

Mary Mapes Dodge was an author and editor of St. Nicholas magazine. Dodge attained her knowledge of English literature and the arts from her father, a noted scientist and author. She married William Dodge early in life, but his unexpected death forced her to return to her father's home with her two sons. She began writing and published Irvington Stores, a collection of short tales, and Hans Brinker, or, The Silver Skates: A Story of Life in Holland, which was an instant best-seller. In 1870, she became an associate editor of "Hearth and Home," a weekly magazine. She was tapped to head St. Nicholas, a new magazine geared towards children, and turned it into one of the leading publications in the genre. Dodge died in 1905.

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Biography and History

Mary Mapes Dodge was an author and editor of St. Nicholas magazine. Dodge attained her knowledge of English literature and the arts from her father, a noted scientist and author. She married William Dodge early in life, but his unexpected death forced her to return to her father's home with her two sons. She began writing and published Irvington Stores, a collection of short tales, and Hans Brinker, a volume of short serials. In 1870, she became an associate editor of Hearth and Home, a weekly magazine. She tapped to head St. Nicholas, a new magazine geared towards children, and turned it into one of the leading publications in the genre. Dodge died in 1905.

Source: From the finding aid for C0114

Biography and History

Mary Mapes Dodge was an American children's writer and editor, best known for her novel Hans Brinker; or The Silver Skates, A Story of Life in Holland. In 1859 she began writing and editing, working with her father to publish two magazines, the Working Farmer and the United States Journal. Within a few years she had great success with a collection of short stories ns2:titled The Irvington Stories (1864). Dodge then wrote Hans Brinker, which became an instant bestseller. Later on she was an associate editor of Health and Home, edited by Harriet Beecher Stowe. She had charge of the household and children's departments of that paper. She became an editor in her own right with the children's magazine St. Nicholas, published by Charles Scribner' Sons, for she was able to solicit stories from a number of well-known writers including Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, and Robert Louis Stevenson. St. Nicholas became one of the most successful magazines for children during the second half of the nineteenth century, with a circulation of almost 70,000.. Dodge is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery, at Hillside, New Jersey.

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Occupations

  • Editors -- New York (State) -- New York -- 19th century. .