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Janes, Harriet Burleigh, 1845-1875



  • Existence: 1845 - 1875

Harriet Burleigh Janes, whose professional nomde-plume was Effie Ray, was a Laconia, NH native who wrote short stories and articles for Boston newspapers, and whose promising career as a novelist was cut short by death in 1875. Born May 27, 1845 in Laconia, Harriet Burleigh was writing and illustrating hand-sewn miniature books by the age of seven. At 18, her work was in print; A Letter From Effie Ray was published in the Trumpet and Freeman: A Universalist Magazine in 1863. She married Lt. Col. Albert Janes in 1867, and her daughter, Claire Lizelle, was born in 1869. Janes resumed her writing career, and in 1870 published a short story, Erminette, or The Coquette's Reward, in Harry Hazel's Yankee Blade of November 19. Other articles and stories appeared in The Yankee Blade and The American Union over the next five years. Janes was working on a novel, Leander, or The Haunted Manor, at the time of her death.

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Harriet Janes papers

Identifier: MS-844
Overview Harriet Burleigh Janes (1845-1875), author. The collection contains correspondence, holograph manuscripts, diaries, drawings, and photographs of this New Hampshire native who often wrote under the nom-de-plume of Effie Ray.