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Delia Austrian (1874–1928)

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Delia Austrian was born into a middle-class family and had a happy childhood in Cleveland. She had a twin sister, Celia. The family later moved to Chicago, where the girls and their siblings grew up. Delia graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelor of philosophy degree in 1898. After graduation, she began a career in newspaper journalism. She was a foreign correspondent at age 20, and for eight years wrote special features for Sunday papers. She also served as a science editor. She held the position of Sunday Woman Editor of the Chicago Herald Examiner and worked on the editorial staff of the Chicago Tribune. She traveled frequently to Europe; in Paris, she divided her time between working as a special correspondent and studying at the Sorbonne. Many of her European interviews and reporting went into a series of articles for a newspaper syndicate in Baltimore, Sometime prior to 1902, Delia also published a volume of poetry. At the outbreak of World War I, Delia and her mother were in Germany and only made their way back to the USA with great difficulty. Once home, Delia published Ways of War and Peace (1914), a book of essays. She did volunteer work during the war, selling war bonds and working for the American Red Cross. After the war, Delia settled in New York City as a freelance writer. In 1922, she published Juliette RĂ©camier, a biography of the famous French salon hostess. She also wrote novels, stories, plays, and did translations. She earned a master's degree from Columbia University in 1923. She was ill for many years and sought treatment in the USA and Germany. In the summer of 1928, she was well enough to travel through the South with her mother, but died in October of that year. Her twin had predeceased her.
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