Marah Ellis Ryan was a prolific and popular early 20th century novelist.
As a young woman, she wrote some poems and stories under the pen name of “Ellis Martin.” In 1883, she married Samuel Erwan Ryan, an Irish actor.
She developed a lifelong interest in Native Americans, lived for some time among the Hopi, and seems to have been regarded as an authority on their culture, although some of her works about them were highly romanticized. Among the many novels that Marah Ellis Ryan published over 36 years were In Love’s Domains (c. 1889), Squaw Eloise (1892), A Flower of France: A Story of Old Louisiana (1894), That Girl Montana (1901), Indian Love Letters (1907), The Woman of the Twilight (1913), The House of the Dawn (1914), Treasure Trail, and The Dancer of Tuluum (1924).
She died of encephalitis at age 68.