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Eleanor H. Porter

Eleanor H. Porter

Eleanor Hodgman Porter (1868-1920) was born into an old New England family, and in 1892 she married John Porter. She was blessed with a fine singing voice, and studied for several years at the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music.

In 1907 she began publishing books, such as a series of three novels about a young girl called 'Miss Billy'. But at the same time, a different girl was forming in her mind. In 1913 Pollyanna was published and Pollyanna Whittier was introduced to the reading public. The book was an overnight success: over a million copies were sold in a short space of time, and the book has continued to delight young readers ever since.

The demand for a sequel was immense, and two years later the equally successful Pollyanna Grows Up was published. These two books became popularly known as the 'Glad Books', because of Pollyanna's positive outlook on life. She faces both good times and bad times with optimism, and even succeeds in imparting cheerfulness to grumpy adults such as her spinster aunt Polly. Her outlook is that of Eleanor Porter herself, who said, "I have never believed that we ought to deny discomfort and pain and evil: I have merely thought that it is far better to greet the unknown with a cheer."

The two Pollyanna books are so famous, and so much loved, that after Eleanor Porter's death other writers were commissioned to continue the tale. In all, ten further books were written by four other writers. However, any success these books have enjoyed was due only to their connection to the two classic originals.

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6 Items found
GIC: Pollyanna
Great Illustrated Classics
by Eleanor H. Porter (adapted by Marion Leighton)
1St Edition from Playmore Publishers
for 2nd-4th grade
in Great Illustrated Classics (Location: A10-03D)
$2.40 (1 in stock)
Just David
by Eleanor H. Porter
from Watchmaker Publishing
for 4th-8th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
$8.99
Just David
by Eleanor H. Porter
from Whole Heart Ministries
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
$8.00 (2 in stock)
Pollyanna
Puffin Classics
by Eleanor Porter
from Puffin Books
Realistic fiction for 4th-7th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
$4.24
Pollyanna
by Peggy Parish
Reprint from Sterling Publishing Co.
for 3rd-6th grade
in Sterling Classics (Location: A04-04A)
$7.46
Pollyanna
by Eleanor Porter
Abridged from Bob Jones University Press
Realistic fiction for 4th-7th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
$8.50