Harriet Mann Miller, née Harriet Mann, wrote under the pseudonyms Olive Thorne, Harriet M. Miller, or Olive Thorne Miller. She was born in Auburn, New York, and moved with her family to Ohio at age 11. There she attended private school and began writing. In 1854, she married Watts Todd Miller, with whom she had four children. She was a keen bird watcher and naturalist and beginning in 1870, published 24 books books for children about birds and their behavior as well as books for adults. She also contributed hundreds of articles to the journal of the Audubon Society and other periodicals. She joined the movement to ban the hunting of birds to obtain their plumes for use in the fashion industry, particularly the hat trade.
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