A collection of favorite columns by 19th-century American author Fanny Fern. The moral-sentimental writer had a devoted fan following. A widow who did not enjoy an especially good childhood or relationship with her in-laws, Fanny was adamant about offering the public examples of good parenting, including many a model father.
Sarah Payson Willis was a widow who had to find a way to support her young family following her first husband's death from typhoid. After barely scraping by as a teacher, she created the writerly persona Fanny Fern and put everything into make a living through her pen. Readers loved her satirical to sentimental style, and, by 1855, she was the top-paid columnist in the US.