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Carolyn Wells

(1869-1942 / the United States)

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Carolyn Wells (June 18, 1862–March 26, 1942) was an American author and poet (born in Rahway, New Jersey, the daughter of William E. and Anna Wells.She died at the Flower-Fifth Avenue Hospital in New York City in 1942.

She had been married to Hadwin Houghton, the heir of the Houghton-Mifflin publishing empire founded by Bernard Houghton. Wells also had an impressive collection of ... more »

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  • ''The true Chameleon is small,
    A lizard sort of thing;
    He hasn't any ears at all,
    And not a single wing.
    If there is nothing on the tree,
    'Tis the Chameleon you see.''
    Carolyn Wells (1862-1942), U.S. poet. How to Tell the Wild Animals (l. 31-36). . . Fireside Book of Humorous Poetry, The. William Cole, ed. (1959)...
  • ''If he roars at you as you're dyin'
    You'll know it is the Asian Lion.''
    Carolyn Wells (1862-1942), U.S. poet. How to Tell the Wild Animals (l. 5-6). . . Fireside Book of Humorous Poetry, The. William Cole, ed. (1959) S...
  • The books we think we ought to read are poky, dull, and dry;
    The books that we would like to read we are ashamed to buy;
    The books that people talk about we never can recall;
    And ...
    Carolyn Wells (1870-1942), U.S. author. On Books.
  • I have always hated biography, and more especially, autobiography. If biography, the writer invariably finds it necessary to plaster the subject with praises, flattery and adulation and to invest him ...
    Carolyn Wells (1862-1942), U.S. author. The Rest of My Life, ch. 1 (1937). Written in her own autobiography.
  • I view askance a book that remains undisturbed for a year. Oughtn't it to have a ticket of leave? I think I may safely say no book in my library remains unopened a year at a time, except my own works ...
    Carolyn Wells (1862-1942), U.S. author. The Rest of My Life, ch. 16 (1937). Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892) was an English poet and, for forty-two yea...
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