Elizabeth Corbett wrote romantic and historical novels aimed at children and young women, described once as "nice novels about nice people." She was the oldest of three children of Richard W. Corbett and Isabelle Adkins, and grew up living at the Northwestern Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Milwaukee, among veterans of the Civil War. She attended West Division High School and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1910. She wrote and published her first three novels in Milwaukee and then moved to Greenwich Village in New York City to pursue her literary career. She produced about 50 books, some of them extremely popular, including several revolving around a woman named Mrs. Meigs. She also wrote poems and short stories that appeared in Century, Scribner’s, McCall’s, and Theater Guild Magazines. In 1930, she published If It Takes All Summer: The Life Story of Ulysses S. Grant. She also wrote a review, "Uncle Tom Is Dead,” in 1931, and the following year dramatized her novel Young Mrs. Meigs for the stage.