Ohio Town: A Portrait of Xenia

Ohio Town: A Portrait of Xenia

by Helen Hooven Santmyer

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ISBN-13: 9781787206441
Publisher: Valmy Publishing
Publication date: 07/11/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 774,523
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Helen Hooven Santmyer (November 25, 1895 - February 21, 1986) was an American writer, educator, and librarian. She is primarily known for her best-selling epic “...And Ladies of the Club”, published when she was in her 80s.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, she grew up in Xenia, Ohio, where she attended the public schools and graduated from the local high school. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College in 1918, and after graduation worked for several years for publisher Charles Scribner’s Sons before. She returned to Xenia to teach for one year in the high school, and later to Wellesley as a member of the staff of the English Department. During this period of varied occupation, she managed to complete her first novel, Herbs and Apples, which was published in the fall of 1925, after she had gone to England to study at Oxford University. She received her Bachelor of Literature degree from Oxford in 1927 and returned to the U.S. to write her second novel, The Fierce Dispute, published in 1929.

In the mid-1930’s she became head of the English Department and Dean of Women at Cedarville College, Cedarville, Ohio, where she remained until 1953, at which time she joined the staff of the Reference Department of the Dayton and Montgomery County Library. She retired in 1960, and it was at this time that Ms. Santmyer began, in earnest, to complete the books on which “I would like critics and historians of the future to base any claim due me as a writer of recognition and note.”

In a similar vein, with “....And Ladies of the Club,” her third novel, published in 1982, Ms. Santmyer achieved unprecedented notice for her magnificent depictions of American life.

She passed away in her hometown of Xenia in 1986, aged 90.

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