Sarah Elizabeth Forbush Downs

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Sarah Elizabeth Forbush Downs
Born 1843
Wrentham, MA
Died 1926
Other names Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
Mrs. George Sheldon Downs

Sarah Elizabeth Forbush Downs (1843–1926) was a "dime novelist" who wrote novels under her own name, as "Mrs. Georgie Sheldon", and as "Mrs. George Sheldon Downs.

Downs was born 5 June 1843 in Wrentham, MA. Her parents were Edwin A. Forbush and Malvina F. (Ware) Forbush. She received her education at the Ladies' Collegiate Institute, Worcester, MA. In 1868 she married George Sheldon Downs.[1] She used a form of his name as a pseudonym in much of her writing.

Her career began with newspaper contributions in 1869.[1] As can be seen by the sheer number of books she wrote, Downs was a very popular author in her era. She was signed by Theodore Dreiser to write for his Smith's Magazine. Dreiser considered her to be one of the "three most popular authors in the world."[2]

Works[edit]

  • Brownie’s Triumph (1881)
  • Lost – a Pearl (1883)
  • Vergie’s Inheritance (1887), reprinted by Dodo Press (2008) ISBN 1-4065-6967-4
  • Geoffrey’s Victory; or, The Double Deception (1888), reprinted by Kessinger (2007) ISBN 0-548-54308-9
  • For Love and Honor (1888), reprinted by Kessinger (2007) ISBN 0-548-63432-7
  • His Heart’s Queen (1890), reprinted by Dodo Press (2008) ISBN 1-4065-6963-1
  • Mona (1891), reprinted by Dodo Press (2008) ISBN 1-4065-6965-8
  • True Love’s Reward (1891), reprinted by Dodo Press (2008) ISBN 1-4065-6966-6
  • The Wellfleet mystery (1891)
  • Nameless Dell (1891)
  • How Will it End; sequel to Marguerite's Heritage (1892)
  • A Shadowed Happiness; a sequel to Wild Oats (1892)
  • Earle Wayne’s Nobility (1892), reprinted by Nabu Press (2011) ISBN 1-2457-8983-X
  • Her Heart’s Victory (1892), reprinted by Nabu Press (2012) ISBN 1-2738-0081-8
  • Wedded by Fate; or, Sister Angela (1892), reprinted by Kessinger (2009) ISBN 1-1045-2712-X
  • Wild Oats; or, Rising to Honor (1892)
  • Max, A Cradle Mystery (1892)
  • Edrie’s Legacy (1892)
  • Marguerite’s Heritage; or, Love After Marriage (1892)
  • Trixy; or, The Shadow of a Crime (1893)
  • Dorothy’s Jewels; or, The Mysterious Monogram (1894)
  • The Masked Bridal (1894), reprinted by Dodo Press (2009) ISBN 1-4099-9074-5
  • That Dowdy of a Girl; or, the story of Gertrude Wynn’s Fortunes (1896)
  • Witch Hazel (1896)
  • Audrey’s Recompense (1896)
  • Ingomar; or, The Triumph of Love (1896)
  • Little Miss Whirlwind; or, Lost for Twenty Years (1896)
  • The Forsaken Bride (1896)
  • Ruby’s Reward (1896)
  • A Mysterious Wedding; or, Down Love’s Steep Hill (1897)
  • Two Keys; or, Margaret Houghton’s Heroism (1897), reprinted by Nabu Press (2010) ISBN 1-1489-3562-2
  • Tina, The Little Lace Maker of Brussels (1898)
  • Thrice Wedded But Only Once a Wife (1898)
  • Dorothy Arnold’s Escape (1898)
  • Stella, the Story of Her Trials and Fortunes (1898)
  • Faithful Shirley; or, A Royal Queen of Hearts (1899), reprinted by Nabu Press (2012) ISBN 1-2729-2118-2
  • Her Faith Rewarded; a sequel to Faithful Shirley (1899)
  • A Thorn Among Roses (1899)
  • Queen Bess; or, A Struggle for a Name (1899)
  • Grazia’s Mistake (1899)
  • The Magic Cameo, A Love Story (1899)
  • A Girl in a Thousand; or, Imogen’s Intrigue (1899)
  • The Heatherford Fortune; a sequal to The Magic Cameo (1899), reprinted by Nabu Press (2012) ISBN 1-2781-9625-0
  • Love’s Conquest (1900)
  • The Lily of Mordaunt (1901), reprinted by Kessinger (2010) ISBN 1-1208-9841-2
  • The Little Marplot; or, how Ruth won her heritage (1902)
  • Sibyl’s Influence; or, The Missing Link (1902)
  • Stella Rosevelt (1903), reprinted by Kessinger (2008) ISBN 0-548-93848-2
  • Katherine’s Sheaves (1904), reprinted by Dodo Press (2008) ISBN 1-4065-6964-X
  • Esther, the Fright; or, The Romance of a Pair of Rubies (1905), reprinted by Nabu Press (2011) ISBN 1-2462-5467-0
  • A Heritage of Love (1905)
  • The Golden Key; or, A Heart’s Silent Worship (1905)
  • Step by Step, A Story of High Ideals (1906), reprinted by Nabu Press (2010) ISBN 1-1777-2889-3
  • Nora; or, The Missing Heir of Callonby (1907)
  • The Churchyard Betrothal; or, Coals of Fire (1907)
  • Gertrude Eliot’s Crucible (1908)
  • A True Aristocrat (1910)
  • My Lady Beth, a Romance (1910)
  • John Hungerford’s Redemption; or, A Life’s Romance (1911)
  • Redeemed (1911), reprinted by Nabu Press (2012) ISBN 1-1479-7397-0
  • Helen’s Victory; or, Halliburton Lancaster’s Temptation (?)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b (ed.) Leonard, John W. (1908). Who's who in America; A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women in the United States; 1908-1909 (Vol. V). Chicago: A. N. Marquis & Company. p. 529. 
  2. ^ Lingeman, Richard R. (1986). Theodore Dreiser: At the gates of the city, 1871-1907. Putnam. 

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