Maud Howe Elliott

9 Nov 1854
19 Mar 1948
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Maud Howe Elliott (November 9, 1854 in Boston, Massachusetts – March 19, 1948 in Newport, Rhode Island) was an American writer, most notable for her Pulitzer prize-winning collaboration with her sister, Laura E. Richards, on their mother’s biography The Life of Julia Ward Howe (1916).

Her other works included A Newport Aquarelle (1883); Phillida (1891); Mammon, later published as Honor: A Novel (1893); Roma Beata, Letters from the Eternal City (1903); The Eleventh Hour in the Life of Julia Ward Howe (1911); Three Generations (1923); Lord Byron’s Helmet (1927); John Elliott, The Story of an Artist (1930); My Cousin, F. Marion Crawford (1934); and This Was My Newport (1944).

Her father was Samuel Gridley Howe and her mother was Julia Ward Howe. She married English artist John Elliott in 1887. A socialite, Elliot is one of the founding members of the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, FL . She was the honorary president of the organization until her death.

Elliott was born at the Perkins School for the Blind in Boston, which was founded by her father, who was also its first director. After her marriage, she lived in Chicago (1892–93) and Italy (1894-1900/1906-1910), before moving to Newport where she spent the rest of her life.

She was a patron of the arts, was a founding member of the Newport Art Association, and served as its secretary from 1912-1942.

Howe was also a founder of the Progressive Party and took part in the suffrage movement.

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