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Laura E. Richards

Born: Feb 27, 1850

Death: Jan 14, 1943

Birthplace: Boston

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Laura E. Richards

Date of Birth : Feb 27, 1850
Date of Death : Jan 14, 1943
Birth Place : Boston

Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards was an American writer. She born in Boston, Massachusetts, to a high-profile family. During her life, she wrote over 90 books, including children's, biographies, poetry, and others. A well-known children's poem for which she is noted is the literary nonsense verse Eletelephony. Her father was Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe, an abolitionist and the founder of the Perkins Institution and Massachusetts School for the Blind. Samuel Gridley Howe's famous pupil Laura Bridgman was Laura's namesake. Julia Ward Howe, Laura's mother, was famous for writing the words to The Battle Hymn of the Republic. In 1871 Laura married Henry Richards. He would accept a management position in 1876 at his family's paper mill at Gardiner, Maine, where the couple moved with their three children. In 1917 Laura won a Pulitzer Prize for Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910, a biography, which she co-authored with her sister, Maud Howe Elliott. Her children's book Tirra Lirra won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1959. A pre-kindergarten to second grade Elementary School in Gardiner, Maine honors her name.


  • Writer

Also known as

  • E. Laura Richards
  • Laura Elizabeth Howe
  • Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
  • Laura Richards


  • Julia Ward Howe
  • Samuel Gridley Howe


  • Henry Richards


  • Laura Elizabeth Richards
  • Rosalind Richards
  • Alice Maud Richards
  • Henry Howe Richards
  • Julia Ward Richards
  • Maud Richards
  • John Richards

Awards Won

  • Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography
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