Mary Mapes Dodge

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Mary Mapes Dodge (1831-1905) was an American children’s book author born in Newark, New Jersey.

At the age of 28, she became a widow with two young children. Determined to support her family, she began writing children’s stories, which she first read her stories to her own children. In 1865, she published “Hans Brinker”; or “The Silver Skates.” The book was a huge success and is now considered a classic of children’s literature. In 1873, Dodge became the first editor of St. Nicholas Magazine, a popular 19th-century magazine for children. The magazine published renowned authors such as Louisa May Alcott, Frances Hodgson Burnett, and Mark Twain.







Gannon, Susan R., and Ruth Anne Thompson. Mary Mapes Dodge. New York: Twayne, 1993. 

Journal Articles:

Roggenbuck, Mary June. 1977. St. Nicholas magazine: a study of the impact and historical influence of the editorship of Mary Mapes Dodge. 


Gannon, Susan R., and Ruth Anne Thompson. “Mr. Scuffer and Mrs. Dodge: An Editorial Correspondence and What It Tells Us.” American Periodicals 2 (1992): 89-99.

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