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Olive Higgins Prouty Biographical Note

1882 Prouty was the daughter to Milton Prince and Katherine Chapin born on January 10, 1882 in Worcester, Massachusetts.
1894 Suffered a "nervous breakdown" that lasted nearly two years.
1900 Graduated from Worcester Classical High School.
1904 Received a Bachelor in Literature degree from Smith College
1907 Married Lewis I. Prouty on January 7, 1907. After her marriage, Prouty attended Radcliffe for graduate study.
1908 Prouty moved to Brookline, Massachusetts.
1909 Professional writing career began with encouragement from Albert Boyden, editor of American Magazine. He published "When Elsie Came Home".
1913 Prouty transformed her stories into her first novel, Bobbie, General, Manager.
1915 The Fifth Wheel is published.
1918 Star in the Window is published.
1919 Good Sports (short stories) is published.
1922 Stella Dallas is published.
1927 Conflict is published.
1931-1951 Wrote a series of novels involving a wealthy Boston family.
1931 White Fawn is published.
1937 Movie adaptation of Stella Dallas.
1938 Lisa Vale is published.
1941 Now, Voyager is published.
1942 Movie adaptation of Now, Voyager.
1945 Off the Deep End is published.
1947 Home Port is published.
1951 Fabia is published.
1951 Prouty's husband, Lewis, died.
1961 Pencil Shavings (her memoir) is published.
1974 Died on March 24, 1974 in Brookline, Massachusetts.
1997 Between the Barnacles and Bayberries, and Other Poems, a limited edition printing of her poetry is published.