Laura Elizabeth Richards
Biography of Laura Elizabeth Richards
Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards (February 27, 1850 - January 14, 1943) was 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 The Life of Julia Ward Howe, a biography, which she co-authored with her sister, Maud Howe Elliott.
Laura Elizabeth Richards's Works:
St. Nicholas (contributed poetry)
Five Little Mice in a Mouse Trap (1880)
The Little Tyrant (1880)
Our Baby's Favorite and Sketches and Scraps (1880)
Beauty and the Beast (retelling, 1886)
Hop o' My Thumb (retelling, 1886)
Kaspar Kroak's Kaleidoscope (1886)
The Joyous Story of Toto (1885)
Toto's Merry Winter (1887
Captain January (later made into a movie with Shirley Temple, 1890)
Star Bright (Captain January sequel, 1927)
The Hildegarde Series
Hildegarde's Neighbors (1889)
Hildegarde's Holiday (1891)
Hildegarde's Home (1892)
Hildegarde's Neighbors (1895)
Hildegarde's Harvest (1897)
The Melody Series
Bethsada Pool (1895)
Rosin the Beau (1898)
The Margaret Series
Three Margarets (1897)
Margaret Montfort (1898)
Fernley House (1901)
The Merryweathers (1904)
Honor Bright: A Story for Girls (1920)
Honor Bright's New Adventure (1925)
The Green Satin Gown
Florence Nightingale: Angel of the Crimea (1909)
Two Noble Lives: Samuel Gridley Howe and Julia Ward Howe (1911)
Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910 (1915)
Laura Bridgman: The Story of an Opened Door (1928)
Tirra Lirra: New Rhymes and Old (1932)
What Shall the Children Read (1939)
Laura E. Richards and Gardiner (a compilation of poems and articles, 1939)
Laura Elizabeth Richards Poems
Once there was an elephant, Who tried to use the telephant- No! no! I mean an elephone Who tried to use the telephone-
The Robin sings of willow-buds, Of snowflakes on the green; The bluebird sings of Mayflowers, The crackling leaves between;
Mrs Snipkin And Mrs Wobblechin
Skinny Mrs. Snipkin, With her little pipkin, Sat by the fireside a-warming of her toes. Fat Mrs. Wobblechin,
Antonio, Antonio Was tired of living alonio. He thought he would woo Miss Lissamy Lu,
Oh! little loveliest lady mine, What shall I send for your valentine? Summer and flowers are far away; Gloomy old Winter is king to-day;
Where Helen Sits
Where Helen sits, the darkness is so deep, No golden sunbeam strikes athwart the gloom; No mother’s smile, no glance of loving eyes,
A Song Of Two Angels
Two angels came through the gate of Heaven. (White and soft is a mother's breast!) Stayed them both by the gate of Heaven;
I sat beside a lady fair, A lady grave and sweet; Withal so wise, that well I might Have sat me at her feet.
The Gargoyle And The Griffin
Once a Gargoyle and a Griffin Thought they'd go and take their tiffin With the eminent Confucius, just outside the temple wall;
Jeremi' And Josephine
As Jeremi' and Josephine Were walky-talking on the green, They met a man who bore a dish Of (anything you like to wish!)
After A Visit Tothe Natural History Muse...
This is the Wiggledywasticus, Very remarkable beast. Nose to tail an eighth of a mile;
A Brief Ballad Of Araby
In Araby, in Araby, In Araby the blest, There lived a man who thought he'd like To travel to the west.
The Owl, The Eel And The Warming-Pan
The owl and the eel and the warming-pan, They went to call on the soap-fat man. The soap-fat man he was not within:
The Gingham Umbrella
Alphonso, Alphonso, Alphonso and Arabella They happened to meet A man in the street, Who carried a gingham umbrella.
The Robin sings of willow-buds,
Of snowflakes on the green;
The bluebird sings of Mayflowers,
The crackling leaves between;
The veery has a thousand tales
To tell to girl and boy;
But the oriole, the oriole,
Sings, 'Joy! joy! joy!'