Emma Frances Dawson


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Emma Frances Dawson (18391926) was an American poet and writer of supernatural fiction. She was born in New England, but by 1880 was living in California, eventually in San Francisco, the setting for most of her stories. Following the 1906 earthquake, she moved to Palo Alto.

Dawson wrote short stories and poems, originally printed in regional publications such as the Argonaut and Overland Monthly. Most of her fiction was reprinted in a collection An Itinerant House, and Other Stories. The work is notable not just for its merit as atmospheric supernatural fiction, but for its detailed description of 19th century San Francisco. Ambrose Bierce, who seems to have been a mentor to Dawson in her literary efforts, praised her work as some of the
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An Itinerant House, And Oth...

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A Gracious Visitation

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Ballade of Liberty: And Oth...

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“It is as easy to find a lover as to keep a friend, but as hard to find a friend as to keep a lover.”
Emma Frances Dawson, An Itinerant House, And Other Ghost Stories

“Can one man's madness be another's real life?”
Emma Frances Dawson, An Itinerant House, And Other Ghost Stories

“Houses seem to remember,' said he.
'Some rooms oppress us with a sense of lives that have been lived in them.”
Emma Frances Dawson, An Itinerant House, And Other Ghost Stories



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