Anne Hampton Brewster

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Anne Hampton Brewster (October 29, 1818 – 1892) was one of America's first female foreign correspondents, publishing primarily in Philadelphia, New York and Boston newspapers. She also published novels, poems and numerous short stories.

She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on October 29, 1818, to Maria Hampton and Francis Enoch Brewster.

She was a "social outlaw" (as a friend described her) by refusing to marry, by converting to Catholicism, by moving out of the house of older brother, Benjamin H. Brewster (who later served as United States Attorney General in the 1880s), in order to live alone, by moving to Rome, and, foremost, by continuing to write through it all, first as a dilettante and then as a self-supporting professional.[1]

Brewster died in Italy in 1892, and left her writings and books to the Library Company of Philadelphia.[1][2]

She also used the pen name of Enna Duval (Enna being Anne in reverse) for work published between 1845 and 1860.[3][4]

Partial bibliography[edit]

  • Spirit Sculpture; Or, the Year Before Confirmation (1849) (novel) (as Enna Duval)
  • Compensation; Or, Always a Future (1860) (novel) (2nd edition 1870)
  • Saint Martin's Summer (1866) (novel)


  1. ^ a b Larrabee, Denise M. Anne Hampton Brewster: 19th-century Author and "Social Outlaw" (1992), bibliography at p. 34-36)
  2. ^ (6 May 1892). Personal, Boston Evening Transcript
  3. ^ Room, Adrian. Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, p. 157 (5th ed. 2010)
  4. ^ Boasberg, Leonard W. (11 May 1992). Closing The Book On A Mystery, The Philadelphia Inquirer