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Edith Thomas

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Poet Edith M. Thomas (1854-1925) kept this scrapbook of her work.

Edith Matilda Thomas was an American author and poet in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Thomas was born in 1854 in Chatham Center, Ohio. She received her education at the Geneva Normal Institute. Thomas gained national attention with her poetry and novels that reflected her interest in Ohio and the Western Reserve. Scribner'', The Atlantic Monthly, The Century and other prominent magazines published her poems. Her writings include "A New Year's Masque and Other Poems," "The Inverted Torch," "The Dancers," and "The Children of Christmas." Thomas acknowledged the influence of American author Helen Hunt Jackson on her own work. Jackson is probably best known for A Century of Dishonor: A Sketch of the United States Government's Dealing with Some of the Indian Tribes.

Edith M. Thomas died in 1925.

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