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Maine Writers Index - Detail   (Return to List)

Louise Dickinson Rich (1903 - 1991)

Genre: Young Adult, Non-Fiction, Children's Literature

Best known for her first book We Took To the Woods (1942), about the Rangeley Lake area, Louise Dickinson Rich was born in Huntington, Mass. and died in Mattapoisett, Mass. (14 June 1903 - 9 April 1991), but wrote many books about life in rural northwestern Maine. She received her B.Sc. from Massachusetts State Teachers' College in 1924 and worked as a high school English teacher before she became a writer. She and her husband, Ralph Eugene Rich, lived in a camp on the Rapid River in Maine from the time they were married until he died in 1945. After his death, Rich supported herself and her two children through her writing. Biographical info on Rich is available through BarnesandNoble.com, as well as in Alice Arlen's print biography of Rich, titled She Took To The Woods (2001).

Rich's other works include:

  • Happy the Land (1946/1998; reviews of Happy the Land)
  • Start of the Trail (1949; fictional tale of an 18-year-old guide, for teens)
  • My Neck of the Woods (1950)
  • Trail to the North (1952; for teens)
  • Only Parent (1953)
  • Innocence Under the Elms (1955; reminiscences)
  • The Coast of Maine (1956/1962/1970/1975/1993; an "information history and guide")
  • Peninsula (1958/1971; about Gouldsboro?)
  • First Book of The Early Settlers (1959; part of series of "First Books" of history for children)
  • First Book of New World Explorers (1960; part of series of "First Books" of history for children)
  • First Book of The Vikings (1962; part of series of "First Books" of history for children)
  • First Book of The China Clippers (1962; part of series of "First Books" of history for children)
  • The Forest Years (1963; We Took To The Woods and My Neck of the Woods in one volume)
  • State O' Maine (1964; another history of Maine).
  • First Book of The Fur Trade (1965; part of series of "First Books" of history for children)
  • First Book of Lumbering (1967; part of series of "First Books" of history for children)
  • The Kennebec River (1967; for children)
  • Star Island Boy (1968; 11-yr-old boy in foster care on a Maine island)
  • Three of A Kind (1970; 11-yr-old girl in foster care interacts with emotionally disturbed 4-yr-old boy, in Maine)
  • King Philip's War 1675-76: The New England Indians Fight the Colonists (1972)
  • Summer at High Kingdom (1975)



Last Update: 08/02/2007


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