Woman of the Century/Augusta C. Evans Wilson

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WILSON, Mrs. Augusta C. Evans, author, born near Columbus, Ga., in 1856. Her maiden name was Augusta C. Evans. In her childhood her family removed to Texas, and afterwards to Mobile. Ala., where, in 1868, she became the wife of L. M. Wilson, a prominent citizen of Alabama. She has since lived near Mobile, in a fine old country home. AUGUSTA C. EVANS WILSON A woman of the century (page 797 crop).jpgAUGUSTA C. EVANS WILSON. Her first novel, "Inez, a Tale of the Alamo." was brought out in New York. It was only moderately successful. In 1859 her second book, "Beulah," was published, and its success I was instantaneous. It is still a popular book and has passed through many editions. When the Civil War broke out. she was living near Columbus, Ga., and her devotion to the Confederacy kept her from doing any literary work for several years. Her next book was "Macaria," a copy of which she sent with a litter to her New York publisher, by a blockade-runner, which carried it to Havana, Cuba, whence it was mailed to New York. It was printed on coarse brown paper, copyrighted by the "Confederate States of America," and dedicated "To the Brave Soldiers of the Southern Army." It was printed in Charleston, S. C., and published by a bookseller in Richmond, Va. The book was seized and detroyed by a Federal officer in Kentucky. It was brought out in the North and found a large sale. After the war she went to New York City and pub- lished her famous "St. Elmo," which had a very large sale. Her later works include "Vashti," "Infelice," and "At the Mercy of Tiberius." She has large wealth through her marriage and her literary earnings. During the past few years she has lived in retirement.