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By Nancy Whipple Grinnell

Maud Howe Elliott (1854–1948), the daughter of Julia Ward Howe, used to be a Pulitzer Prize–winning author and a tireless supporter of the humanities, really in her followed urban of Newport, Rhode Island. An artwork historian and the writer of over twenty works of fiction and nonfiction, together with numerous articles and brief tales, Elliott may be most sensible recognized for co-writing a biography of her mother—a significant determine within the political and cultural international of latest England, a woman’s suffrage chief, and a number one innovative political voice. Elliott sought to augment neighborhood and local existence by means of founding the artwork organization of Newport in 1912 (now the Newport artwork Museum), which she observed because the end result of her life’s work.

Nancy Whipple Grinnell has written an informative and encouraging biography that would attract a large neighborhood readership, eventually securing Elliott’s position within the pantheon of yank cultural benefactors.

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A Howe family intimate, Dwight had been a Unitarian minister, part of the Brook Farm commune and the Concord circle of literati that included Ralph Waldo Emerson and Oliver Wendell Holmes. Most important to Maud and her sister, Laura, Dwight taught them to love music. 28 As much as the Music Hall itself, Maud remembered its “Great Organ,” commissioned by the committee led by Dr. Jabez Baxer Upham in 1857, built by E. F. Walcker and Company in Germany, and transported to Boston in 1863. The design firm of Herter Brothers in New York finished the case.

Flossy continues to improve. Maud is overflowing with health and spirits and is very darling and good . . Mama goes out a great deal, but working too a great deal at home. Alas! ”13 The daughters also resented their mother’s absence, with Julia noting in her journal the crying or arguments that often accompanied her leaving. ”14 Conversely, Julia often showed irritation at almost everyone in her journal from this time. “Very angry with Chev for changing the heating apparatus without consulting or even informing me.

Harry’s architectural career had gone nowhere except for the considerable home improvements to both Howe homes in Boston and Portsmouth, with little remuneration from his father-in-law,39 and he had the opportunity to join his brothers at the family’s paper mill business in Gardiner. Maud found a new niche as protector and secretary to her mother, whose reputation had by now eclipsed her husband’s. In his will, Chev left his money to be divided among his four daughters; although Julia’s inheritance had almost entirely been lost or squandered by her husband and male relatives, Chev had a hard time believing Julia would be in dire financial straits.

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