Carolyn Wells, (born June 18, 1862, Rahway, N.J., U.S.-died March 26, 1942, New York, N.Y.), prolific American writer remembered largely for her popular mysteries, children's books, and humorous verse.
Wells supplemented her formal education with an early-formed habit of voracious reading. After completing her schooling she worked as a librarian for the Rahway Library Association for some years. Her love of puzzles led to her first book, At the Sign of the Sphinx (1896), a collection of charades. She followed with The Jingle Book (1899); The Story of Betty (1899), first of a series of novels for girls; and Idle Idyls.