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Author photo. Martha Finley [aka Martha Farquharson] (1828-1909) Buffalo Electrotype and Engraving Co., Buffalo, N.Y.

Martha Finley [aka Martha Farquharson] (1828-1909) Buffalo Electrotype and Engraving Co., Buffalo, N.Y.

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Martha Finley was the daughter of Presbyterian minister Dr. James Brown Finley and his wife and cousin Maria Theresa Brown Finley. Martha was raised in Ohio and became a teacher before publishing her work under the pen name "Martha Farquharson." Although she was a prolific writer, she is best remembered as the author of the popular children’s novel, Elsie Dinsmore (1867) and the subsequent Elsie series, which consisted of 28 volumes published over a span of 38 years.
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