Augusta Stevenson

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Augusta Stevenson
Born Indianapolis, Indiana
Occupation Writer, teacher
Period 20th century
Genre Children's literature

Augusta Stevenson (1869–1976[1]) was a writer of children's literature and a teacher. She was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. She wrote over 400 children's books, her most famous being "Childhood of Famous Americans" and "Children's Classics in Dramatic Form."[2][3]


As well as writing, she taught in Indianapolis Public Schools.[1]

Childhood of Famous Americans[edit]

Childhood of Famous Americans was a series of biographies of famous Americans. The series began in 1932 with Abraham Lincoln, concentrating on his boyhood with a mix of fact and fictional episodes, aimed at children aged 8–12. Published by Indianapolis company Bobbs-Merrill, it was reprinted every year for the next four years. Other authors were brought in, including Helen Monsell; the books continued to sell well, and were translated and widely used in schools.[4] Stevenson wrote titles including Booker T. Washington, Ambitious Boy;[5] Ben Franklin, Printer's Boy;[6] George Carver: Boy Scientist,[7] and Clara Barton: Girl Nurse.[8][9]

Children's Classics in Dramatic Form[edit]

The first volume of Children's Classics in Dramatic Form was published in 1908, intended as a textbook for school children, and later republished as Plays for the Home. It included stories from Aesop, Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm, and the 1001 Arabian Nights.[10] Harrap's Dramatic Readers, Book III, published 1911, mainly drew on folklore such as "The Ugly Duckling", "The Crow and the Fox", and "The Emperor's Test".[11][12]


  1. ^ a b Dabney, Michael (July 20, 2011). "Library spotlights women authors". NUVO (Indianapolis, IN). 
  2. ^ "Glorifying our Pioneers". Herald-Journal. January 2, 1963. Retrieved December 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Literary Notes from Boston". New York Times. October 8, 1910. 
  4. ^ Peckham, Howard H., Historical Writing for Children, The William and Mary Quarterly, Third Series, Vol. 9, No. 3 (Jul. 1952), pp. 401–410
  5. ^ Koppel, Lily (January 23, 2005). "A Street-Corner Story, Told in Many Volumes". New York Times. 
  6. ^ "Ben Franklin (Review)". Kirkus Reviews. August 28, 1941. Retrieved December 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ "George Carver (Review)". Kirkus Reviews. September 5, 1944. Retrieved December 17, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Clara Barton (Review)". Kirkus Reviews. September 3, 1946. Retrieved December 17, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Red Cross Founder Clara Barton Her Dedication To Healing Gave The Nation The American Red Cross." Investor's Business Daily. (March 15, 2001): 994 words. Nexis UK. Web. Date Accessed: 2012/12/17.
  10. ^ "Plays for Children". New York Times. October 12, 1913. 
  11. ^ "Book review: Harrap's Dramatic Readers, Book III", 1911, The Athenaeum, no. 4367, pp. 41–41.
  12. ^ EDUCATIONAL, The Scotsman (1860–1920); June 22, 1911; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Scotsman (1817–1950), pg. 2

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