Kate Sanborn

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Kate Sanborn

Katherine Abbott Sanborn (July 11, 1839 - July 9, 1917) was an American author, teacher and lecturer.


She was born in Hanover, New Hampshire, the daughter of educator Edwin David Sanborn and his wife Mary Ann (Webster) Sanborn, daughter of Ezekiel Webster, and a niece of Daniel Webster.

Sanborn earned her first money by writing, at the age of 11, and at 17 engaged in teaching. She taught English literature in several places, and was a professor at Smith College in that subject for several years, resigning in 1886 in order to follow literary pursuits in New York City. She was a teacher of elocution at Packer Institute in Brooklyn.

She lectured in public on literary history and allied subjects, and wrote on education. Her lecturing career began in the drawing room of her friend Anne Lynch Botta and later she gave talks for clubs and schools on current literature. She lectured on literary topics for 20 years. For several years she was a newspaper correspondent in New York City. She also edited calendars and holiday books.


  • Home Pictures of English Poets, for Fireside and Schoolroom (1869)
  • Grandma's Garden, with Many Original Poems (1882)
  • Kate Sanborn's Literature Lessons (1882)
  • Purple and Gold (1882)
  • Year of Sunshine (1884)
  • Wit of Women (1885)
  • Vanity and Insanity of Genius (1886)
  • Adopting an Abandoned Farm (1891)
  • Truthful Woman in Southern California (1893)
  • Abandoning an Adopted Farm (1894)
  • My Literary Zoo (1896)
  • Starlight Calendar (1898)
  • My Favorite Lectures of Long Ago, for Friends Who Remember (1898)
  • Tact, and Other Essays (1899)
  • Old Time Wall Papers (1905)
  • Hunting Indians in a Taxi-cab (1911)
  • Memories and Anecdotes (1915)
  • Educated Dogs of To-day (1916)



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