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Stephens, Ann Sophia

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(1810-1886) American author, who sometimes wrote as Mrs Ann S Stephens, and whose Malaeska: The Indian Wife of the White Hunter (February-April 1839 Ladies' Companion; 1860), was Number One in the Beadle's Dime Novels series, and was therefore the first dime novel (see Dime Novel SF). Also printed in that series, Mahaska: The Indian Princess: A Tale of the Six Nations (1863) and its sequel The Indian Queen (1864) are Lost Race tales, its eponymous half-white protagonist fulfilling an ancient prophecy in which the Seneca nation of Native Americans will be ruled by a white goddess. [JC]

Ann Sophia Stephens

born Humphreysville, Connecticut: 30 March 1810

died Newport, Rhode Island: 20 August 1886

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