Actress in Spite of Herself: The Life of Anna Cora Mowatt

Anna Cora Mowatt, married in 1834 at age 15, lived in luxury until her husband's health failed and he lost his money, forcing her to find a way to support them. She was the first woman to give public readings; wrote the first social satire for the stage; and became the first American to make acting a respectable profession for women, proving that a lady could be an actress and an actress a lady More
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About Mildred Allen Butler

Mildred Butler Engdahl, who published under her maiden name Mildred Allen Butler, was the mother of writer Sylvia Engdahl. She had a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.A. in Drama from the University of Oregon, and had worked both as a high school English teacher and as a director of community theaters. Late in her life she wrote several historical books for teens as well as articles for scholarly magazines. She died in 1987 at the age of ninety.

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