Woman of the Century/Hester Dorsey Richardson
RICHARDSON, Mrs. Hester Dorsey, author, born in Baltimore, Md., 9th January, 1862. She is the daughter of James L. Dorsey and Sarah A. W. Dorsey. both representatives of Maryland's old colonial families. Hester Crawford Dorsey, the best known of three literary sisters, made her first appearance in the Sunday papers of her native city. She wrote in verse a year or more, before turning her attention to prose writings. HESTER DORSEY RICHARDSON. Not a few of her poems attracted favorable comment and found their way into various exchanges. In 1886 she wrote " Dethroned," a poem narrating the fate of Emperor Maximilian of Mexico, a copy of which, handsomely engrossed, was presented to Francis Joseph, of Austria, to whom it was dedicated. The emperor accepted the dedication in a letter of thanks to the author. Then Miss Dorsey, at the request of the Baltimore "American," began a series of articles on ethical and sociological subjects, to which she signed the pen-name "Selene." Those "Selene Letters " at once attracted wide attention and excited controversy in literary circles. While her prose writings aid much toward improving the hospital service in Baltimore, and a pungent Tetter from her pen helped to rescue the now prosperous Mercantile Library from an untimely end. her name will not always be associated with those institutions, but she has been a benefactor to the women of Baltimore in a way which will not allow her soon to be forgotten. In organizing the Woman's Literary Club of Baltimore, two years ago. she laid the firm foundation of a controlling force in the intellectual and social life of her native city. The club is over a hundred strong, including among its members many of the best known writers of the day. In January. 1891, she became the wife of Albert I. Richardson, a journalist of experience and ability. The Woman's Literary Club tendered its founder a brilliant reception a week after her marriage. Mrs. Richardson resigned the first vice-presidency of the club upon her removal to New York, where she has lived since her marriage, holding now but an honorary membership. She is still devoting herself wholly to literary work. She has appeared several times in "Lippincott's Magazine," and is now giving her attention to short stories. She is earnest in her purpose and has a grasp of subjects which makes her a force on the printed page.