Alice Hegan Rice
Born in Shelbyville, Kentucky, she wrote over two dozen books, the most famous of which is Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch. The book was a best seller in 1902 and is set in Louisville, Kentucky where she then lived. It was made into a successful play in 1903, and there were three Hollywood movie versions of it. The best known is the 1934 film starring Pauline Lord and W. C. Fields.
Several of Alice Rice's earlier works were translated into German, French, Danish, and Swedish, and three (Mrs. Wiggs, Mr. Opp, and the Romance of Billy-Goat Hill) were dramatized. Both before and after she became a novelist she was favorably known also for short stories contributed to the magazines.
Her other titles were:
- Lovey Mary (1903)
- Sandy (1905)
- Captain June (1907)
- Mr. Opp (1909)
- A Romance of Billy-Goat Hill (1912)
- The Honorable Percival (1914)
- Calvary Alley (1917)
- Miss Mink’s Soldier and Other Stories (1918)
- Turn About Tales (with Cale Young Rice) (1920)
- Quin (1921)
- Winners and Losers (with Cale Young Rice) (1925)
- The Buffer (1929)
- Mr. Pete & Co. (1933)
- The Lark Legacy (1935)
- Passionate Follies (1936)
- My Pillow Book (1937)
- Our Ernie (1939)
- The Inky Way (1940)
- Happiness Road (1942) (posthumous)
She died at her home in Louisville in 1942.
- Boewe, Mary (2010). Beyond the Cabbage Patch; the Literary World of Alice Hegan Rice. Louisville: Butler Books. ISBN 978-1-935497-33-2.
- Alice Hegan Rice
- Alice Hegan Rice in "Old Louisville in Literature
- Works by Alice Hegan Rice at Project Gutenberg
- Alice Hegan Rice at Find a Grave
- National Book League (Great Britain) (1902). Book News. - Brief biographical information
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Gilman, D. C.; Thurston, H. T.; Moore, F., eds. (1905). "article name needed". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.
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