See her letters (ed. by R. Cary, 1956, rev. ed. 1967); biographies by S. Sherman (1989) and P. Blanchard (1994); studies by F. O. Matthiesen (1929, repr. 1965), R. Cary (1962), and J. L. Donovan (1980).
(born Sept. 3, 1849, South Berwick, Maine, U.S.—died June 24, 1909, South Berwick) U.S. writer. Concerned to capture the folkways of a vanishing culture, she wrote realistic sketches of aging Maine natives, whose manners, idioms, and pithiness she recorded with pungency and humour. Outstanding among her 20 volumes are Deephaven (1877), A White Heron (1886), and The Country of the Pointed Firs (1896).
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There were 83 households out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.0% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.1% were non-families. 25.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.36.
In the village the population was spread out with 30.2% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 88.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.2 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $30,313, and the median income for a family was $42,083. Males had a median income of $24,375 versus $23,125 for females. The per capita income for the village was $16,628. About 15.7% of families and 19.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.3% of those under the age of eighteen and 23.3% of those sixty five or over.