Lucretia Peabody Hale

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ca. 1850

Lucretia Peabody Hale (2 September 1820 – 12 June 1900) was a United States journalist and author.


Hale was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and educated at George B. Emerson's school there. Subsequently she devoted herself to literature, and was a member of the Boston School Committee for two years.

Principal Works[edit]

ca. 1900

Hale published numerous stories in periodicals and newspapers, some of which were collected in books.


  • Six of One by Half a Dozen of the Other, 1872
  • The Wolf at the Door, 1877

Juvenile writings:

Books of Devotion:

  • The Struggle for Life, a Story of Home, 1861
  • The Lord's Supper and its Observance, 1866
  • The Service of Sorrow, 1867


  • Designs in Outline for Art-Needlework, 1879
  • Fagots for the Fireside, 1888


Hale's parents were Nathan Hale and Sarah Preston Everett, who had a total of eleven children. Nathan Hale, nephew and namesake of the Nathan Hale the patriot hero, was a lawyer and editor/owner of the Boston Daily Advertiser while her mother, also an author, was a sister of Edward Everett, a Unitarian minister and politician. Lucretia's brother, Edward Everett Hale, was also a Unitarian minister as well as a prolific author in his own right.



  • "Hale, Lucretia Peabody" American Authors 1600-1900, The H. W. Wilson Company, 1938
  • "HALE, Lucretia Peabody" Notable American Women, Vol. 2, 4th ed., The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1975
  • Wikisource-logo.svg Wilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1892). "Hale, John". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton. 

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