Nebraska Authors

Kate McPhelim Cleary

AKA: Kate Temple More

Born 1863-01-01 (Canada)

Died 1905-12-31
Chicago, IL (USA)

She moved to Nebraska after establishing a reputation as a humorist and social commentator in Chicago. She lived in Nebraska 1884-1898. Her articles and poems appeared in Century, Cosmopolitan, Harpers,McClures, St. Nicholas, and Youth's Companion. She established a lasting friendship with fellow social critic and journalist Elia Peattie while in Nebraska.

See the biography by Susanne George (i.e. Susanne George Bloomfield), Kate M. Cleary: A Literary Biography with Selected Works. 1997. The biography includes a complete bibliography of Cleary's work.

Places Lived

Hubbel, NE
New Brunswick (Province), Canada

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry


Essays; Nebraska Subjects; Short Stories; Humor; Feminism


Sister of Edward Phelim, drama critic for many years for the Chicago Tribune.


Nebraska Poets. 1893. (contributor)
Like a Gallant Lady. 1897.
The Nebraska of Kate McPhelim Cleary. 1958. (a collection of her works on and during her life in Nebraska, edited by her son James Mansfield Cleary with an essay about her by Elia Wilkinson Peattie)

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