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Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
Laura Elizabeth Richards, date unknown
Born (1850-02-27)February 27, 1850
74 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, Massachusetts
Died January 14, 1943(1943-01-14) (aged 92)
Notable awards 1917 Pulitzer Prize
Spouse Henry Richards
Children 7 (Alice Maud, Rosalind, Henry Howe, Julia Ward, Maud, John, Laura Elizabeth)
Relatives Father Samuel Gridley Howe
Mother Julia Ward Howe
Sister Maud Howe Elliott

Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards (February 27, 1850 – January 14, 1943) was an American writer. She born in Boston, Massachusetts, to a high-profile family. During her life, she wrote over 90 books, including children's, biographies, poetry, and others. A well-known children's poem for which she is noted is the literary nonsense verse Eletelephony.

Her father was Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe, an abolitionist and the founder of the Perkins Institution and Massachusetts School for the Blind. Samuel Gridley Howe's famous pupil Laura Bridgman was Laura's namesake.

Julia Ward Howe, Laura's mother, was famous for writing 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. Her children's book Tirra Lirra won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1959.

A pre-kindergarten to second grade Elementary School in Gardiner, Maine honors her name.


  • St. Nicholas (contributed poetry)
  • 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, 1890)
  • 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)
  • Biographies
    • 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)
  • Tirra Lirra: New Rhymes and Old (1932)
  • 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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Eletelephony by Laura E. Richards

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7 news items

Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:33:45 -0800

... Chelsea — Jennifer Cousins; Dresden Elementary School, Dresden — Kari McCarthy; Helen Thompson School, Gardiner — Kathi Susi; Laura E. Richards School, Gardiner — Maxine Marquis; Gardiner Regional Middle School, Gardiner — Stacy Anderson; ...
Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
Fri, 06 Feb 2015 13:33:45 -0800

1:19 p.m., drug offenses were reported on Water Street. GARDINER. Thursday at 10:21 p.m., a burglar alarm was reported at Laura E. Richards School on Brunswick Avenue. HALLOWELL. Thursday at 7:29 p.m., a sex offense was reported on Wilder Street.
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 ...
Wiscasset Newspaper
Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:03:45 -0800

He comes to RSU 12 from MSAD 11, where he has worked as principal of the Laura E. Richards School, and, for the last five years, as the MSAD 11 Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to his work in MSAD 11, he worked for MSAD 75 as a teacher, ...
Southeast Texas Record
Wed, 24 Jun 2009 21:37:52 -0700

Dallas attorneys Anthony L. Vitullo and Laura E. Richards of the law firm Fee, Smith, Sharp and Vitullo LLP; Waco attorneys John L. Malesovas and David H. Martin of the law firm Malesovas and Martin; and Dallas attorney Collen Clark of The Clark Firm ...
RTV Slovenija
Tue, 03 Jun 2008 15:30:00 -0700

Laura E. Richards in Maude H. Elliott sta skupaj s svojo asistentko Florence Hall prejeli nagrado za biografijo z naslovom Julia Ward Howe. Jean Jules Jusserand je prejel nagrado za zgodovinsko knjigo Z Američani iz preteklosti in prihodnosti (With ...

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