Laura E. Richards Writer

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. There is elementary school in Gardiner named after her, a Pre-Kindergarten through Second Grade school attended by students in Gardiner and South Gardiner. In 1917, Laura won a Pulitzer Prize for Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910, a biography, which she co-authored with her sister, Maud Howe Elliott. Her children's book Tirra Lirra won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1959.

Personal details

Date of birth
February 27th, 1850
United States of America
Date of death
January 14th, 1943 at age of 92
Places lived
Boston , Massachusetts
pop. 645,966 (2013)
Maine , United States of America
pop. 1,328,302 (2013)



Written work

1.Captain January and Geoffrey Strong

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1893. at Boston
1902. at Boston

2.Mrs. Tree

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1902. at Boston

3.Julia Ward Howe, 1819 1910

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1925. at Boston
Julia Ward Howe
Florence Hall


Editions Subjects Co-authors
2003. by Tandem Library
2006. by Hard Press (60 pages)
2007. by Echo Library (76 pages)

5.The Green Satin Gown

Editions Subjects Co-authors
2004. by Kessinger Publishing (76 pages)
2004. by (112 pages)
2005. by (112 pages)

6.Queen Hildegarde

Editions Subjects Co-authors
2005. by (124 pages)

7.Geoffrey Strong

Editions Subjects Co-authors
2006. by Hard Press (80 pages)
2007. by Echo Library (96 pages)

Awards won

1917 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910 Book
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Florence Hall


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