Marietta Holley

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Marietta Holley

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Marietta Holley (1836-1926), was a popular United States humorist who used satire to comment on U.S. society and politics. Her successful series of "Samantha" books revolved around the character of Samantha Allen, a wise small-town woman who went on satirical adventures throughout big-city America, and her foolish husband, Josiah Allen. Holley was so skilled with satire and so popular that she was often compared to Mark Twain.

Holley was born on July 16, 1836 to John and Mary Holley. They lived on a small farm in the then town of "Bear Creek." The name was changed to Pierrepont Manor. She was the youngest of seven children and was an unhealthly child. This caused her to become a private person. AT 14 she stopped her formal teaching to help her family on the farm. After her father died dhe took care of the farm and her sick mother and sister. When she was 17 she joined the Adams village Baptist Church. There she found her voice. In 1860 she sent her poetry to the Adams Journal and was published. Her famous friends included Susan B. Anthony and Clara Barton. Marietta visited Susan B. Anthony at the Adams hotel. After she became successful she built herself a Mansion, "Bonnie View".


  • My Opinions and Betsey Bobbet's:Designed as a Beacon Light, To guide Women to Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, But which May Be read by Members of the Sterner Sect, Without Injury to Themselves of This Book. Josiah Allen’s Wife. Hartford Conn.,: American Publishing Company, 1873, c. 1872.
  • Josiah Allen’s Wife as a P.A. and P.I.: Designed as a Bright and Shining Light, To Pierce the Fogs of Error and Injustice That Surround Society and Josiah, And to Bring More Clearly to View the Path That Leads Straight on to Virtue and Happiness. Josiah Allen’s Wife. Hartford, Conn.: American Publishing Company, c. 1877.
  • Betsey Bobbet: A Drama. Adams, N.Y.: W. J. Allen, 1880
  • The Lament of the Mormon Wife. Josiah Allen’s Wife. Hartford, Conn.: American Publishing Company, 1880.
  • My Wayward Pardner; or, My Trials with Josiah, America, the Widow Bump, and Etcetery. Josiah Allen’s Wife. Hartford Conn., American Publishing Company, 1880.
  • Miss Richard’s Boy and Other Stories. Hartford, Ct.: American Publishing, 1883.
  • Sweet Cicely: Josiah Allen as a Politician. New York: Funk and Wagnalls, 1885.
  • Miss Jones' Quilting and Other Stories. New York: J.S. Ogilvie, 1887.
  • Poems. New York: Funk and Wagnalls, 1887
  • Samantha at Saratoga or Flirtin’ with Fashion. Philadelphia: Hubbard Brothers, 1887.
  • Samantha Among the Brethren. New York: Funk and Wagnalls, 1890.
  • Samantha on the Race Problem. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1892; republished 1898 as Samantha Among the Colored Folks.
  • Tirzah Ann's Summer Trip and Other Sketches. New York: F. M. Lupton, 1892
  • Samantha at the World’s Fair. New York: Funk and Wagnalls, 1893.
  • Widder Doodle’s Love Affair and Other Stories. New York: F. M. Lupton, 1893.
  • Josiah's Alarm and Abel Perry’s Funeral. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1895.
  • Samantha in Europe. New York: Funk and Wagnalls, 1895.
  • Samantha at the St. Louis Exposition. New York: G. W. Dillingham, 1904.
  • Around the World With Josiah Allen’s Wife. New York: G. W. Dillingham, 1905.
  • Samantha Vs. Josiah: Being the Story of the Borrowed Automobile and What Became of It. New York: Funk and Wagnalls, 1906.
  • Samantha on Children’s Rights. New York: G. W. Dillingham, 1909.
  • Josiah’s Secret. Watertown, N.Y.: Hungerford-Holbrook, 1910.
  • How I Wrote My First Books. Harper’s Bazaar (September 1911).
  • Samantha at Coney Island and a Thousand Other Islands. New York: Christian Herald., 1911.
  • Samantha on the Woman Question. New York: Fleming H. Revell, 1913.
  • Josiah Allen on the Woman Question. New York: Fleming H. Revell, 1914.
  • What Is Behind Ouija? The World Magazine (27 June 1920): 5,13.
  • The Story of My Life, Published serially. Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, N.Y., 5 February to 9 April 1931.

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