HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Kate Douglas Wiggin, born 28 September 1856
“Miranda Sawyer had a heart, of course, but she had never used it for any other purpose than the pumping and circulating of blood.” (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm)
In her day she was an important educator, a campaigner for the welfare of children, and she started the first kindergarten in San Francisco, but today her name is remembered only for one novel – Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, published in 1903. The book was a bestseller and has become an American classic.
I must admit that it was not a book I fell in love with, unlike the Little Women series, the What Katy Did books and the Laura Ingalls Wilder books about life on the prairie and in the big woods. Somehow Rebecca just never grabbed me, and I never had any desire to read the various sequels that were created by other authors.
Kate Douglas Wiggin died, at age 66, of bronchial pneumonia.
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