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County: Greene

Mermer Blakeslee

Mermer Blakeslee has published two novels, Same Blood and In Dark Water. In Dark Water was selected by Barnes and Noble for its Discover Great New Writers series. Mermer was awarded three New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships in fiction, the most recent in 2008. An excerpt from Digger’s God, her latest novel, won … Continued

Alma Routsong

(1924-1996) Novelist. Alma Routsong was born in Traverse City, Michigan and died in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1996.

Brander Matthews

(1852-1929) Brander Matthews was a well-known figure in theatrical and literary circles in Paris and London as well as in New York City. He began to teach at Columbia University in 1891 and in 1900 was appointed the first professor of dramatic literature in any American university. A founding member of several writers’ clubs, he … Continued

Candace Wheeler

(1827-1923) Candace Wheeler founded the “Onteora Club,” a colony of authors and artists. Mark Twain, John Burroughs, Henry B. Fuller and others stayed there.

Mary Elizabeth Mapes Dodge

(1831-1905) Writer, novelist. Mary Mapes Dodge was born in New York City. She was editor of St. Nicholas Magazine, a magazine for children. She lived in Onteora Park, New York, in Yarrow Cottage, which she purchased in 1888; she died in Tannersville, New York, and the children of the community processed at her funereal.

Hamlin Garland

(1860-1940) Writer, poet. Hamlin Garland spent his summers in Onteora Park from 1917 to the 1930s. He was born near West Salem, Wisconsin; lived in Manhattan. He grew up in the middle western farmlands, the region he later wrote about in verse, stories, and autobiography. His tales, collected as “Main-travelled Roads” (1891), “Prairie Folks” (1893), … Continued