Alice Morse Earle

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Alice Morse in 1873 Born Mary Alice April 27, 1851 Worcester, Massachusetts Died February 16, 1911 (aged 60) Hempstead, Long Island Occupation Historian and author Spouse Henry Earle Parents Edwin Morse Abby Mason Clary

Alice Morse Earle (April 27, 1851 – February 16, 1911) was an American historian and author from Worcester, Massachusetts. She was christened Mary Alice by her parents Edwin Morse and Abby Mason Clary. On 15 April 1874, she married Henry Earle of New York City, changing her name from Mary Alice Morse to Alice Morse Earle. Her writings, beginning in 1890, focussed on small sociological details rather than grand details, and thus are invaluable for modern social historians. She wrote a number of books on colonial America (and especially the New England region) such as Curious Punishments of Bygone Days.

She was a passenger aboard the RMS Republic when, while in a dense fog, that ship collided with the SS Florida. During the transfer of passengers, Alice fell into the water. Her near drowning in 1909 off the coast of Nantucket during this abortive trip to Egypt weakened her health sufficiently that she died two years later, in Hempstead, Long Island.

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  • "Alice Morse Earle," in Notable American Women: Volume 1. 4th ed., Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1975.
  • Susan Reynolds Williams, Alice Morse Earle and the Domestic History of Early America. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2013.


  1. ^ a b "Review of Colonial Dames and Good Wives by Alice Morse Earle and Margaret Winthrop by Alice Morse Earle". The Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science and Art. 81 (2110): 357. 4 April 1896.
  2. ^ "Review of Child Life in Colonial Days by Alice Morse Earle". The Athenæum (3782): 488–489. 21 April 1900.
  3. ^ "Review of Sun Dials and Roses of Yesterday by Alice Morse Earle". The Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science and Art. 95 (2980): 591–592. 9 May 1903.

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