Martha Finley

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Martha Finley
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BornApril 26, 1828
DiedJanuary 30, 1909
Occupationteacher and author

Martha Finley (April 26, 1828 – January 30, 1909)[1] was a teacher and author of numerous works for children, the best known being the 28-volume Elsie Dinsmore series which was published over a span of 38 years. Her books tend to be sentimental, with a strong emphasis on religious belief.

The daughter of Presbyterian minister Dr. James Brown Finley and his wife and cousin Maria Theresa Brown Finley, she was born on April 26, 1828, in Chillicothe, Ohio. Finley wrote many of her books under the pseudonym Martha Farquharson. She died in 1909 in Elkton, Maryland, where she moved in 1876.

List of publications[edit]

  • Ella Clinton; or, By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them, Presbyterian Publications Board, 1856 – online at Project Gutenberg
  • Aunt Ruth, Philadelphia, 1857
  • Marion Harvie, Presbyterian Publications Board, 1857
  • Annandale: A story of the times of the Covenanters, Presbyterian Publications Board, 1858
  • Lame Letty, Philadelphia, 1859
  • Try: Better Do It, Than Wish It Done, Presbyterian Publications Board, 1863
  • Little Joe Carter, The Cripple, Presbyterian Publications Board, 1864
  • Mysie's Work, Presbyterian Publications Board, 1864
  • Willie Elton, The Little Boy Who Loved Jesus, Philadelphia, 1864
  • Black Steve; or The Strange Warning, Presbyterian Publications Board, 1865
  • Brookside Farm-House, Presbyterian Publications Board, 1865
  • Hugo and Franz, Philadelphia, 1865
  • Robert and Daisy, Philadelphia, 1865
  • Allan's Fault, Presbyterian Publications Board, 1866
  • Anna Hand, the Meddlesome Girl, Philadelphia, 1868
  • Casella, Dodd, 1868
  • Grandma Foster's Sunbeam, Philadelphia, 1868
  • Little Dick Positive, Philadelphia, 1868
  • The Little Helper, 1868
  • Little Patience, Philadelphia, 1868
  • Loitering Linus, Philadelphia, 1868
  • Maude's Two Home, Philadelphia, 1868
  • Millie, or The Little Girl Who Tried To Help Others and Do Them Good, Philadelphia, 1868
  • Stupid Sally, the Poor-House Girl, Philadelphia, 1868
  • Amy and Her Kitten, Philadelphia, 1870
  • Betty Page, Philadelphia, 1970
  • The Broken Basket, Philadelphia, 1870
  • Jamie by the Lake, Philadelphia, 1870
  • Rufus the Unready, Philadelphia, 1870
  • The White Dress, Philadelphia, 1870
  • An Old-Fashioned Boy, Evans, 1871
  • Lilian; or, Did She Do It Right?, Evans, 1871
  • Wanted—A Pedigree, Dodd, 1871
  • Contented Jim, Philadelphia, 1872
  • Honest Jim, Presbyterian Publications Board, 1872
  • How Him Did It, Presbyterian Publications Board, 1872
  • Noll in the Country, Presbyterian Publications Board, 1872
  • The Twin Babies, Presbyterian Publications Board, 1872
  • Our Fred, Donohue, 1874
  • The Peddler of La Grave, Presbyterian Publications Board, 1875
  • Aunt Hetty's Fowls, Presbyterian Publications Board, 1876
  • Harry and His Chickens, Presbyterian Publications Board, 1876
  • Harry and His Cousins, Presbyterian Publications Board, 1876
  • Harry At Aunt Jane's, Presbyterian Publications Board, 1876
  • Harry's Christmas in the City, Presbyterian Publications Board, 1876
  • Harry's Fourth of July, Presbyterian Publications Board, 1876
  • Harry's Grandma, Presbyterian Publications Board, 1876
  • Harry's Little Sister, Presbyterian Publications Board, 1876
  • Harry's Ride With Papa, Presbyterian Publications Board, 1876
  • Harry's Walk With Grandma, Presbyterian Publications Board, 1876
  • The Pewit's Nest, Presbyterian Publications Board, 1876
  • Rosa and Robbie, Presbyterian Publications Board, 1876
  • Signing the Contract, Dodd, 1879 – online at Project Gutenberg
  • The Thorn in the Nest, Dodd, 1886 – online at Project Gutenberg
  • The Tragedy of Wild River Valley, Dodd, 1893 – online at Project Gutenberg
  • Twiddledetwit, A Fairytale, Dodd, 1898

Elsie Dinsmore[edit]

  1. Elsie Dinsmore (1867) – online at Project Gutenberg
  2. Elsie's Holidays at Roselands (1868) – online at Project Gutenberg
  3. Elsie's Girlhood (1872) – online at Project Gutenberg
  4. Elsie's Womanhood (1875) – online at Project Gutenberg
  5. Elsie's Motherhood (1876) – online at Project Gutenberg
  6. Elsie's Children (1877) – online at Project Gutenberg
  7. Elsie's Widowhood (1880)
  8. Grandmother Elsie (1882) – online at Project Gutenberg
  9. Elsie's New Relations (1883) – online at Project Gutenberg
  10. Elsie at Nantucket (1884) – online at Project Gutenberg
  11. The Two Elsies (1885) – online at Project Gutenberg
  12. Elsie's Kith and Kin (1886) – online at Project Gutenberg
  13. Elsie's Friends at Woodburn (1887)
  14. Christmas with Grandma Elsie (1888) – online at Project Gutenberg
  15. Elsie and the Raymonds (1889)
  16. Elsie Yachting with the Raymonds (1890)
  17. Elsie's Vacation (1891) – online at Project Gutenberg
  18. Elsie at Viamede (1892)
  19. Elsie at Ion (1893)
  20. Elsie at the World's Fair (1894) – online at Project Gutenberg
  21. Elsie's Journey on Inland Waters (1895)
  22. Elsie at Home (1897) – online at Project Gutenberg
  23. Elsie on the Hudson (1898)
  24. Elsie in the South (1899)
  25. Elsie's Young Folks in Peace and War (1900)
  26. Elsie's Winter Trip (1902)
  27. Elsie and Her Loved Ones (1903)
  28. Elsie and Her Namesakes (1905)

Mildred Keith series[edit]

  1. Mildred Keith (1876) – online at Project Gutenberg
  2. Mildred at Roselands (1880) – online at Project Gutenberg
  3. Mildred and Elsie (1881)
  4. Mildred's Married Life, and a Winter with Elsie Dinsmore (1882)
  5. Mildred at Home: With Something about her Relatives and Friends (1884)
  6. Mildred's Boys and Girls (1886)
  7. Mildred's New Daughter (1894)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Miss Martha Finley (obituary)" (PDF). The New York Times. January 31, 1909. Retrieved June 2, 2010.

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