Abbott, Jacob (1803 - 1879)

Genre: Children's Literature

Novelist, historian and Congregational clergyman from Hallowell (who also lived in Farmington), Jacob Abbott, an 1820 graduate of Bowdoin College, was the author of over 200 books. His best-known were the "Little Rollo" books and his "Lucy" books, which mixed instruction with entertainment. Abbott's granddaughter, Eleanor Hallowell Abbott (1872-1958), was a popular short-story writer, novelist, and memoirist in her own right, her best known work is Molly Make-Believe (1910).

Selected Bibliography

  • American History (1860)
  • Rollo at play (1865)
  • The corner stone (1872)
  • Franconia stories (1850-53)

Selected Resources