Maud Howe Elliott

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Maud Howe Elliott

Maud Howe Elliott (November 9, 1854, Boston, Massachusetts – March 19, 1948, Newport, Rhode Island) was an American writer, most notable for her Pulitzer prize-winning collaboration with her sister, Laura E. Richards, on their mother's biography The Life of Julia Ward Howe (1916). Her other works included A Newport Aquarelle (1883); Phillida (1891); Mammon, later published as Honor: A Novel (1893); Roma Beata, Letters from the Eternal City (1903); The Eleventh Hour in the Life of Julia Ward Howe (1911); Three Generations (1923); John Elliott, The Story of an Artist (1930); My Cousin, F. Marion Crawford (1934); and This Was My Newport (1944).[1]

Her father was Samuel Gridley Howe and her mother was Julia Ward Howe. She married English artist John Elliott in 1887.

Elliott was born at the Perkins School for the Blind in Boston, which was founded by her father, who was also its first director. After her marriage, she lived in Chicago (1892–93) and Italy (1894-1900/1906-1910), before moving to Newport where she spent the rest of her life. She was a patron of the arts, was a founding member of the Newport Art Association, and served as its secretary from 1912-1942.[2] Howe was also a founder of the Progressive Party and took part in the suffrage movement.[3]


  1. ^ Maude Howe Elliott, Redwood Library website. 2014-05-21
  2. ^ Maude Howe Elliott, Redwood Library website. 2014-05-21
  3. ^ Polichetti, Barbara. "Maud Howe Elliott 1854-1948. 'Noted daughter of a famous mother'" in Women in R.I. History. Making a Difference. The Providence Journal Company, 1994. p. 18.


  • Boyer, Paul S. "Howe, Julia Ward" in Notable American Women 1607-1950. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1971. 2:225-229.
  • Grinnell, Nancy Whipple, Carrying the Torch. Maud Howe Elliott and the American Renaissance. University Press of New England, 2014.
  • Elliot, Maud Howe, Three Generations. Boston, Little, Brown, and Co. 1923. (Full text available in the Internet Archive)

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