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Margaret Armstrong (1) [1867–1944]

This page covers the author of Fanny Kemble: A Passionate Victorian.

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Margaret Armstrong was born in New York City to a wealthy family and was among a number of important woman cover designers, beginning her work in the late 1880s. She began her career at A.C. McClurg and then went on to other publishers, primarily Scribner's, for whom she designed half of her total output of about 270 books. Armstrong also specialized in designing many of the works of a few authors including Myrtle Reed, Henry Van Dyke, Paul Bourget, and Paul Laurence Dunbar.

On a trip to the US west, she took careful notes on the wild flowers she saw and published them in a field guide. Toward the end of her career, she also authored several mysteries, two biographies -- including Fanny Kemble, A Passionate Victorian (1938) -- and edited her family's papers.

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