Susan Coolidge Audio Books

Susan Coolidge Audio Books

Susan Coolidge Audio Books

Susan Coolidge was the pen name of Sarah Chauncy Woolsey (1835–1905), an American writer from Ohio.  She was born into an eminent family, which had long and close connections with Yale University, one of the most prestigious universities in the United States.  After the American Civil War, during which she served as a nurse, she turned to writing.

Her first book, A New Year’s Bargain, was published in 1871.  It happened that Susan Coolidge’s editor was also the editor for Louisa M. Alcott, who had then recently become famous for her books Little Women and Little Men.  The editor suggested that Susan Coolidge try her hand at the same kind of story.  Five books about the irrepressible Katy Carr followed, tracing the fortunes and misfortunes of the Carr family from childhood, through school and travels in Europe, to marriage.  The books are:  What Katy Did, What Katy Did at School, What Katy Did Next, Clover, and In the High Valley.  The titles of the first three books are a pun on the North American grasshopper-like insect, the katydid, whose noise was not only responsible for its name but also for inspiring Susan Coolidge.

Like Louisa M. Alcott’s books, the characters in Susan Coolidge’s books are especially lifelike because there is no doubt that they are based on members of her own family.  Susan herself was tall, quick-witted and impatient, like Katy; Katy’s three sisters are Susan’s three sisters, and Katy’s two brothers are Susan Coolidge’s brother and cousin.

Susan Coolidge never married but devoted her life to her literary and social activities.  Apart from her children’s books, she wrote verse and edited the correspondence of Jane Austen and Fanny Burney.

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