Alice MacGowan

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Alice MacGowan
Born December 10, 1858
Perrysburg, Ohio
Died March 10, 1947
Los Gatos, California
Occupation Writer

Alice L. MacGowan (December 10, 1858 – March 10, 1947) was an American writer.

She was born in Perrysburg, Ohio, the daughter of John Encil MacGowan and Malvina Marie Johnson.[1] The family moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee,[2] where her sister Grace was born.[3] Alice was educated in public schools in addition to being home schooled by her father,[1] a captain during the American Civil War and editor of the Chattanooga Times from 1872–1903.[4] She was living with her sister at Upton Sinclair's Helicon Home Colony in 1907 when it burned to the ground. Both were taken to Englewood Hospital to recover.[5]

She became a writer of short stories and novels, while collaborating with her sister Grace on most of her works.[6] Together they would write over 30 novels, about a hundred short stories, and some poetry.[4] Briefly married, Alice lived in Texas working as a governess.[2] In 1908, Alice, Grace and their mother relocated to Carmel in California, where they were a member of art community.[2] There she collaborated on works with writer and actor Perry Newberry.[7]


  • The last word[7] (1903)
  • Return[1]
  • Judith of the Cumberlands[7] (1908)
  • Wiving of Lance Cleaverage[7] (1909)
  • The sword in the mountains[7] (1910)
  • The million-dollar suitcase[7] (1922) with Perry Newberry
  • A girl of the plains country (1924)
  • The mystery woman[7] (1924) with Perry Newberry
  • Shaken down[7] (1925) with Perry Newberry
  • The seventh passenger (1926)
  • Who is this man? (1927) with Perry Newberry


  1. ^ a b c Leonard, John William (1914), Woman's Who's who of America: A Biographical Dictionary of Contemporary Women of the United States and Canada, 1914–1915, American Commonwealth Company, p. 520, ISBN 0252093135. 
  2. ^ a b c Baym, Nina (2011), Women Writers of the American West, 1833–1927, University of Illinois Press, p. 289, ISBN 0252093135. 
  3. ^ "Well Known Daughters of Famous Men: Mrs. Grace MacGowan Cooke", The Milwaukee Sentinel, October 4, 1910: 6. 
  4. ^ a b Hartzell, John Calvin (2005), Switzer, Charles I., ed., Ohio Volunteer, Ohio University Press, p. 16, ISBN 0821416065. 
  5. ^ "Sinclair Colony to try Tent Life", The New York Times. 
  6. ^ Alderman, Edwin Anderson; Harris, Joel Chandler; Kent, Charles William (1910), Library of Southern Literature: Biographical dictionary of authors, The Martin & Hoyt Company, p. 282, ISBN 0252093135. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Smith, Geoffrey D. (1997), American Fiction, 1901–1925: A Bibliography, Cambridge University Press, p. 432, ISBN 0521434696. 

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