Nebraska Authors

Elia Wilkinson Peattie

AKA: Mrs. Robert Burns

Born 1862-01-15 Kalamazoo, MI (USA)

Died 1935-07-12

Journalist, social reformer and social critic Elia Peattie was a prolific writer of stories, plays, articles, poems and reviews. She published in diverse newspapers and periodicals for approximately fifty years (1882-1932). She wrote more than 5,000 book reviews and hundreds of stories, articles, and poems for the Chicago Tribune, the Omaha World Herald and other newspapers. Her collaborators and friends included Thomas Henry Tibbles, and Kate McPhelim Cleary.

Susanne George Bloomfield is her biographer and editor of the digital archive, Elia W. Peattie: An Uncommon Writer, an Uncommon Woman, produced by the University of Nebraska Center for Digital Research in the Humanities.

Places Lived

Kalamazoo, MI
Chicago, IL
Omaha, NE

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Journalism
  • Poetry


Novelist; Dramatist; Poetry; Journalism; Social Reform; Progressivism; Nebraska subject matter


Literary Critic

Places Worked

Omaha World Herald, 1888-1896
Chicago Tribune
Chicago Daily News


The Story of America. 1889.
The Judge. 1889.
A Trip Through Wonderland. 1889.
With Scrip and Staff. 1891.
The American Peasant: A Timely Allegory. 1892.
The Pictorial Story of America. 1895.
The Edge of Things. 1903.
Castle, Knight & Troubadour: In an Apology and Three Tableaux. 1903.
Ickery Ann: And Other Girls and Boys. 1907.
Lotta Embury's Career. 1915.
Azalea's Silver Web. 1915
Sarah Brewster's Relatives. 1916.
Times and Manner: A Pageant. 1918.
Songs from a Southern Garden. 1930.

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