Turning to my newest resource from this time period, The Common School Question Book and Review by Isaac Hinton Brown, I found this question: "#35. Name principal writers of recent fiction". The answer contained a list of authors I'd never heard of but were apparently universally well known at the time: Charles Dudley Warner, Thomas Bailey Aldrich, George Washington Cable, Mrs. Frances Hodgson Burnett, Julian Hawthorne, Harriet P. Spofford and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps. I decided to investigate two of them Thomas Bailey Aldrich and Harriet P. Spofford.
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