Gene Stratton-Porter (1863-1924)
Geneva Stratton, the twelfth child of Mark and Mary Stratton, was born in Wabash County, Indiana, on August 17. She was the youngest of her siblings, and had a childhood love of nature that carried on into her adulthood. She never finished her schooling, but spent her time reading and later became something of a naturalist. In 1886 she married the Scots-Irish pharmacist Charles Darwin Porter, with whom she moved to a home near the Limberlost Swamp of Indiana - the basis of her two most popular works, "Freckles" and "A Girl of the Limberlost." Her first novel, "The Song of the Cardinal," was published in 1903, and she wrote eleven more stories - several of which were posthumously published. She and her husband had one child, Jeannette, born in 1887; Stratton-Porter was killed in a car crash in Los Angeles in 1924, along with her daughter.
Books by Gene Stratton-Porter
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