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Eliza Lee Follen


Eliza Lee Follen, born August 15, 1787, in Boston, Massachusetts, was an American abolitionist, editor, and writer. She is the author of The Skeptic (1835), Sketches of Married Life (1838), Poems (1839), and several works for children in nonsense verse. Follen edited Gammer Grethel (1840), the first American edition of Grimm’s fairy tales, and The Child’s Friend, a juvenile periodical from 1843 to 1850. In addition to nursery rhymes, child stories, and poems, she also wrote on political and anti-slavery issues. Follen died on January 26, 1860 at the age of 72 in Brookline, Massachusetts.