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"Laura Richards" redirects here. It is not to be confused with Laura Richard or Laura Richardson.
Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
Born (1850-02-27)February 27, 1850
74 Mount Vernon Street
Boston, Massachusetts
Died January 14, 1943(1943-01-14) (aged 92)
Gardiner, Maine
Notable awards 1917 Pulitzer Prize
Spouse Henry Richards
Children 7 (Alice Maud, Rosalind, Henry Howe, Julia Ward, Maud, John, Laura Elizabeth)

Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards (February 27, 1850 – January 14, 1943) was an American writer. She wrote more than 90 books including biographies, poetry, and several for children. One well-known children's poem is her literary nonsense verse "Eletelephony", which is adapted into an animated segment (Vowel Letter Poem: E - Elephant) produced by Jeff Hale, and his animation studio, Imagination, Inc., for the television show Sesame Street.


Laura Elizabeth Howe was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on February 27, 1850. Her father was Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe, an abolitionist and the founder of the Perkins Institution and Massachusetts School for the Blind.[1] She was named after his famous deaf-blind pupil Laura Bridgman.[citation needed] Her mother Julia Ward Howe wrote the words to The Battle Hymn of the Republic.

In 1871 Laura married Henry Richards. He would accept a management position in 1876 at his family's paper mill at Gardiner, Maine, where the couple moved with their three children. In 1917 Laura won a Pulitzer Prize for Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910, a biography, which she co-authored with her sister, Maud Howe Elliott.

She died on January 14, 1943.


A pre-kindergarten to second grade Elementary School in Gardiner, Maine honors her name. Her children's book Tirra Lirra won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1959.


Richards contributed poetry to St. Nicholas Magazine.


  • Letter and Journals of Samuel Gridley Howe (Vol. I: 1906, Vol. II: 1909)
  • Florence Nightingale: Angel of the Crimea (1909)
  • Two Noble Lives: Samuel Gridley Howe and Julia Ward Howe (1911)
  • Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910 (1915)
  • Elizabeth Fry, the Angel of the Prisons (1916)
  • Abigail Adams and Her Times (1917)
  • Joan of Arc (1919)
  • Laura Bridgman: The Story of an Opened Door (1928)
  • Stepping Westward (1931)

Other books[edit]

  • Baby's Rhyme Book (1878)
  • Babyhood: Rhymes and Stories, Pictures and Silhouettes for Our Little Ones (1878)
  • Baby's Story Book (1878)
  • Five Mice in a Mouse Trap (1880)
  • The Little Tyrant (1880)
  • Our Baby's Favorite (1881)
  • Sketches and Scraps (1881)
  • Baby Ways (1881)
  • The Joyous Story of Toto (1885)
  • Beauty and the Beast (retelling, 1886)
  • Four Feet, Two Feet, and No Feet (1886)
  • Hop o' My Thumb (retelling, 1886)
  • Kaspar Kroak's Kaleidoscope (1886)
  • L.E.R. (privately printed, 1886)
  • Tell-Tale from Hill and Dale (1886)
  • Toto's Merry Winter (1887)
  • Julia Ward Howe Birthday-Book (1889)
  • In My Nursery (1890)
  • Captain January (later made into a movie with Shirley Temple, 1891)
  • Star Bright (Captain January sequel, 1927)
  • The Hildegarde Series
    • Queen Hildegarde (1889)
    • Hildegarde's Holiday (1891)
    • Hildegarde's Home (1892)
    • Hildegarde's Neighbors (1895)
    • Hildegarde's Harvest (1897)
  • The Melody Series
    • Melody (1893)
    • Marie (1894)
    • Bethsada Pool (1895)
    • Rosin the Beau (1898)
  • The Margaret Series
    • Three Margarets (1897)
    • Margaret Montfort (1898)
    • Peggy (1899)
    • Rita (1900)
    • Fernley House (1901)
    • The Merryweathers (1904)
  • Glimpses of the French Court (1893)
  • When I Was Your Age (1893)
  • Narcissa, or the Road to Rome (1894)
  • Five Minute Stories (1895)
  • Jim of Hellas, or In Durance Vile (1895)
  • Nautilus (1895)
  • Isla Heron (1896)
  • "Some Say" and Neighbors in Cyrus (1896)
  • The Social Possibilities of a Country Town (1897)
  • Love and Rocks (1898)
  • Chop-Chin and the Golden Dragon (1899)
  • Quicksilver Sue (1899)
  • The Golden-Breasted Kootoo (1899)
  • Sundown Songs (1899)
  • For Tommy and Other Stories (1900)
  • Snow-White, or The House in the Wood (1900)
  • Geoffrey Strong (1901)
  • Mrs. Tree (1902)
  • The Hurdy-Gurdy (1902)
  • More Five Minute Stories (1903)
  • The Green Satin Gown (1903)
  • The Tree in the City (1903)
  • Mrs. Tree's Will (1905)
  • The Armstrongs (1905)
  • The Piccolo (1906)
  • The Silver Crown, Another Book of Fables (1906)
  • At Gregory's House (1907)
  • Grandmother, the Story of a Life that Never was Lived (1907)
  • Ten Ghost Stories (1907)
  • The Pig Brother, and Other Fables and Stories (1908)
  • The Wooing of Calvin Parks (1908)
  • A Happy Little Time (1910)
  • Up to Calvin's (1910)
  • On Board the Mary Sands (1911)
  • Jolly Jingles (1912)
  • Miss Jimmy (1913)
  • The Little Master (1913)
  • Three Minute Stories (1914)
  • The Pig Brother Play-Book (1915)
  • Fairy Operettas (1916)
  • Pippin, a Wandering Flame (1917)
  • A Daughter of Jehu (1918)
  • To Arms! Songs of the Great War (1918)
  • Honor Bright: A Story for Girls (1920)
  • In Blessed Cyrus (1921)
  • The Squire (1923)
  • Acting Charades (1924)
  • Seven Oriental Operettas (1924)
  • Honor Bright's New Adventure (1925)
  • Tirra Lirra: Rhymes Old and New (1932)[2]
  • Merry-Go-Round: New Rhymes and Old (1935)
  • E. A. R. (1936)
  • Please! Rhymes of Protest (1936)
  • Harry in England (1937)
  • I Have a Song to Sing You (1938)
  • The Hottentot and Other Ditties (1939)
  • What Shall the Children Read (1939)
  • Laura E. Richards and Gardiner (a compilation of poems and articles, 1939)


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23 news items

OUPblog (blog)
Sun, 10 Jan 2016 05:34:31 -0800

The first Pulitzers in literature were awarded that year to French ambassador Jean Jules Jusserand for his work, History With Americans of Past and Present Days, and to Laura E. Richards and Maude Howe Elliott for The Autobiography of Julia Ward Howe.

Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
Thu, 24 Sep 2015 13:23:56 -0700

The Randolph United Methodist Church will sponsor its 21st annual Christmas Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Laura E. Richards School, Brunswick Avenue, in Gardiner. Table rentals are available for $25 for a 6-foot table. The ...

India Today

India Today
Thu, 29 Oct 2015 00:55:52 -0700

The first Pulitzer Prize for Reporting was awarded to Herbert Bayard Swope, while that for Editorial Writing went to the New-York Tribune. French Ambassador Jean Jules Jusserand was awarded the first Pulitzer for History, and Laura E. Richards and ...

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:46:55 -0700

Observe the same moment of one spring day all across the globe — from Japan to Russia to Mexico and even from a bird's-eye view over the Indian Ocean — courtesy of this clever pair of creators from Portugal. The spare text pairs strikingly with ...

Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
Sun, 26 Oct 2014 12:18:45 -0700

The collection also includes books from Gardiner's two Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, Laura E. Richards and Edwin Arlington Robinson; cemetery records, city records from the early 1800s before Gardiner was incorporated; church records; historical ...
Wed, 04 Jun 2014 06:07:30 -0700

1917 --- Laura E. Richards and Maude H. Elliott, along with their assistant, Florence Hall,received the first Pulitzer Prize for a biography. The title of their work was Julia Ward Howe. With Americans of Past and Present Days, by Jean Jules Jusserand ...

New Yorker (blog)

New Yorker (blog)
Mon, 18 Mar 2013 11:22:30 -0700

Though I am young and feminine—very feminine—yet I am not that quaint conceit, a girl: the sort of person that Laura E. Richards writes about, and Nora Perry, and Louisa M. Alcott,—girls with bright eyes, and with charming faces (they always have ...

Oswego Daily News

Oswego Daily News
Fri, 05 Apr 2013 05:04:13 -0700

The 1936 version of “Captain January” stars former child star Shirley Temple as an abandoned young girl rescued and taken in by a lighthouse keeper. The movie is based on the book, The Lighthouse at Cape Tempest by Laura E. Richards. This version is a ...

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