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Mrs. Anna Cora Mowatt

(Born: March 5, 1819 - Died: July 21, 1870)

American playwright, actress and poet. Anna Cora Ogden was born in Bordeaux, France, as the ninth of fourteen children. Her parents were Eliza Lewis and Samuel Gourvernour Ogden. She emigrated to New York City when still very young, and in 1834, at the age of 15, eloped with James Mowatt, a New York lawyer. He owned an estate on Long Island called Melrose, but within a few years he suffered ill health and lost his fortune. Mr. Mowatt died in 1851, and she later married William F. Ritche in 1854. Mr. Ritchie was the editor of the Richmond Enquirer. She left her husband in 1861, citing irreconcilable differences.

Anna Cora Mowatt

Criticism (Texts and Variant Texts)
  • Review of Fashion  (March 29, 1845, text "A" — Broadway Journal)
  • Notice from "The Literati"


  • Duyckinck, E. A. and G. L., "Anna Cora Mowatt," Cyclopedia of American Literature, New York: Charles Scribner, 1856, 2:623-336
  • Heartman, Charles F. and James R. Canny, A Bibliography of First Printings of the Writings of Edgar Allan Poe, Hattiesburg, MS: The Book Farm, 1943.
  • Koon, Helene, "Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie," American Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide from Colonial Times to the Present, ed. Lina Mainiero, New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing, 1970, 3:481-483
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, ed., The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Vols 2-3 Tales and Sketches), Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1978. (Second printing 1979)
  • Thomas, Dwight and David K. Jackson, The Poe Log: A Documentary Life of Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849, Boston: G. K. Hall & Sons, 1987.

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