Maria Louise Pool

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Maria Louise Pool
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Maria Louise Pool (August 20, 1841 – May 18, 1898) was an American writer.


Wallach Division: Print Collection. Maria Louise Pool

She was born in Rockland, Massachusetts to Elias Pool and Lydia Lane. She attended the public school of the town (then East Abington), and later taught school for two years. She moved to Brooklyn, New York in 1870, where she first wrote for a Philadelphia paper and afterward for the New York Evening Post and the New York Tribune. Later she resided in Wrentham, Massachusetts. It was not until 1887 that she became widely known through her A Vacation in a Buggy.

Her work was reviewed extensively, as by the New York Times, but has lapsed into obscurity. She was an influence upon the young Canadian-American writer Mary MacLane, who became friends with Pool's "literary companion" (and, it is now believed, lover)[citation needed] Caroline M. Branson. Branson and MacLane lived together from 1902 to 1908 in the house Branson and Pool had lived in. Pool and Branson are buried alongside each other at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Rockland, Massachusetts.


Most of her literary work, which consists of sketches (chiefly of New England life) and social novels, appeared in the periodicals, and was later issued in book form. Among her 18 books were:

  • Tenting at Stony Beach (1888), an account of a vacation spent on the Massachusetts coast
  • Dally (1891)
  • Roweny in Boston (1892)
  • Mrs. Keats Bradford (1892)
  • Katherine North (1893)
  • The Two Salomes (1893)
  • Out of Step (1894)
  • Against Human Nature (1895)
  • Mrs. Gerald (1896)
  • In the First Person (1898)
  • Boss and Other Dogs (1898)
  • A Golden Sorrow (1898)
  • The Maloon Farm (1899)



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