Woman of the Century/Genie M. Smith

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SMITH, Mrs. Genie M., author, born on a farm in Vermont, 17th November, 1852. Her maiden name was Boyce. Her father was an invalid, and she was left to live an out-door life in childhood. She became the wife, at an early age, of Colonel Dwight T. Smith, and her home is in Dubuque, Iowa. Four children were born to them, two of whom died in infancy. Mrs. Smith is widely know n by her pen-names. "Maude Meredith" and "Kit Clover." She has been a prolific author of serials, poetry, short stories and papers on home subjects for women. "Maude Meredith" began her literary career in the columns of the Chicago " Tribune" in 1880. The following year she issued "The Rivulet and Clover Blooms." a small volume of poems. In 1883 she wrote "St. Julian's Daughter" (Chicago!, an interesting novel of Dubuque in pioneer days. In 1884 she edited and published the "Mid-Continent," a magazine which died young. In 1886-87-88 she edited the "Housekeeper" and created for that periodical the extensive reputation it has ever since enjoyed. Among other periodicals to which she has contributed are the "Independent," "Literary' Life," "Peterson's Magazine." Chicago "Inter-Ocean," the "Current." "St. Louis Magazine," "Golden Days," "Journalist," "Godey's Lady's Book." the "Writer." St. Paul "Pioneer-Press," "Northwest Magazine," "Home- Maker," "Ladies' World," and Ladies' Home Companion." She has recently published two novels in book form, "Winsome but Wicked" (Chicago, 1892), and "The Parson's Sin" (Chicago, 1892). and has other novels in press, and also "The Columbian Cook-Book." In 1886 she published "Our Money-Makers," a practical poultry book. She is at present editing departments in five or six different publications. So far she has attempted to enter none of the higher fields of literature; she has addressed herself to the intelligent masses only, but she has written no worthless matter.