Mary Elear Wilkins-Freeman (1852-1930) was a prominent female American writer kwn for her short stories and vels of life in New England villages. Freeman began writing stories and verse for children while still a teenager to help support her family and was quickly successful. She produced more than two dozen volumes of published short stories and vels. She is best kwn for two collections of stories; A Humble Romance and Other Stories, (1887) and A New England Nun and Other Stories (1891). Her stories deal mostly with New England life and are among the best of their kind. Freeman is also remembered for her vel Pembroke (1894).