MARY BOOTH Ed­i­tor, 1867-1889

Harper's Bazaar (UK) - - Women -

The found­ing ed­i­tor of Harper’s Bazar (as it was known un­til it changed to the con­tem­po­rary spell­ing in 1929) was a lead­ing in­tel­lec­tual, fa­mous for her trans­la­tions of em­i­nent French au­thors dur­ing the Amer­i­can Civil War, writ­ten in sup­port of the cause of the Union. Booth, born in New York in 1831, also cam­paigned against slav­ery and for women’s right to vote, while her com­mit­ment to lit­er­ary ex­cel­lence saw her pub­lish­ing the great­est 19th-cen­tury nov­el­ists and po­ets in Bazar. She died in 1889, at the age of 57.

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