“How sorry we have felt for those who knew not Lucretia Hale and the Peterkins…a masterpiece.”
–The New York Times
“Lucretia P. Hale’s Peterkin family and ‘the lady from Philadelphia’ are standard characters in American fiction, and surely that is much to say of an author in these book-crowded days…Few writers leave behind them such a tribute to their greatness as the Peterkins are to Lucretia P. Hale, for the years pass them along to every new generation with the hint that human nature is about the same everywhere and all the time.”–Harper’s Bazaar
“People young and old, solemn and gay, rich and poor, will be glad to welcome a new edition of the Peterkin Papers.
It is pleasant to meet the Peterkin family again…”–The Chicago Tribune
“[Lucretia Hale is] among the best of American women writers.” --Harper’s Bazaar
About the Author
LUCRETIA P. HALE
(1820-1900) is best known as the author of a series of stories about a family named Peterkin, the first of which appeared in 1867 in the magazine Our Young Folks
(later St. Nicholas Magazine
). The series continued for nine years, and made the Peterkins a household name. In addition to writing, Hale helped her brother Edward edit the Old and New Magazine
from 1870 to 1875. She was concerned with education and in 1874 was one of the first six women elected to the Boston School Committee, where she served two terms. Her last book, The New Harry and Lucy,
appeared in 1892.