Mildred Aldrich: Contribution as American Journalist

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      Mildred Aldrich (H. Quinn) 1853-1928 American journalist born in Providence, Rhode Island, and raised in Boston. After graduating from high school in 1872, she taught in an elementary school in Boston. She wrote for the Boston Home Journal, Arena, the Boston Journal and the Boston Herald, and founded and edited The Mahogany Tree, a weekly journal of ideas. By 1904 she had moved to France and was supporting herself as a foreign correspondent for American magazines. She also translated French plays into English and negotiated rights for US productions of French plays.

      In 1914 Mildred Aldrich moved to a cottage in Huiry outside Paris, from which she wrote eyewitness accounts of the Battle of the Marne. These are collected in A Hilltop on the Marne (1915), a bestseller considered her most important work. Other writing about World War I appears in On the Edge of the War Zone (1917), The Peak of the Load (1918), When Johnny Comes Marching Home (1919) and her Foreword to The Letters of Thomasine Atkins (WAAC) On Active Service (1918). Told in a French Garden (1914) is a collection of stories told in imitation of Boccaccio. Aldrich received the French Legion d'Honneur in 1922 for influencing the US to enter the war. A close friend of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, she appears in Stein's The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1932).

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