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There's a hat-tip to Louisa May Alcott's racier side in Little Women, where Jo makes fun of S.L.A.N.G. Northbury, an obvious reference to Alcott's contemporary, E.D.E.N. Southworth, who is considered the most widely read author of the antebellum period. This is how Alcott put food on the table while she was working on Little Women.
It pains me that Metta Fuller Victor's name is lost to history. She is credited with writing the first American detective novel (Poe wrote the first short story) and was not only a prolific writer across all genres, but a very successful publisher.