Agnes Repplier

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ca. 1900

Agnes Repplier (April 1, 1855 – November 15, 1950) was an American essayist.


She was born in Philadelphia, of French and German extraction,[1] and was educated at the Sacred Heart Convent at Torresdale, near Philadelphia. She was one of America's chief representatives of the discursive essay, displaying wide reading and apt quotation. Her writings contain literary criticism as well as comments on contemporary life. These characteristics were already apparent in the first essay which she contributed to the Atlantic Monthly (April 1886), entitled “Children, Past and Present.”[2]

Her earliest national publications appeared in 1881 in Catholic World. Although she did write several biographies and some fiction, early in her career she decided to concentrate her attention on writing essays, and for 50 years she enjoyed a national reputation. She was a heavy smoker, and had a conservative's outlook on the issues of the day.[1]


Essay collections[edit]

  • Books and Men (1888)
  • Points of View (1891)
  • Essays in Miniature (1892)
  • Essays in Idleness (1893)
  • In the Dozy Hours (1894)
  • Varia (1897)
  • Philadelphia: The Place and the People (1898)
  • The Fireside Sphinx (1901)
  • Compromises (1904)
  • In Our Convent Days (1905)
  • A Happy Half Century (1908)
  • Americans and Others (1912)
  • The Cat (1912)
  • Counter Currents (1915)
  • Points of Friction (1920)
  • Under Dispute (1924)
  • To Think of Tea! (1931)
  • Times and Tendencies (1931)
  • In Pursuit of Laughter (1936)
  • Eight Decades (1937)

Biographical studies[edit]


  • In Pursuit of Laughter (1936), a historical study of types of humor.


  1. ^ a b Paul R. Messbarger (1974). "Repplier, Agnes". Dictionary of American Biography. Supplement Four 1946-1950. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 
  2. ^  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1922). "Repplier, Agnes". Encyclopædia Britannica (12th ed.). London & New York. 

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