Stephens, Ann Sophia


Stephens, Ann Sophia

▪ American editor and author
née  Ann Sophia Winterbotham,  pseudonym  Jonathan Slick  
born March 30, 1810, Humphreysville [now Seymour], Conn., U.S.
died Aug. 20, 1886, Newport, R.I.

      American editor and writer whose melodramatic novels, popular in serialized form, gained an even wider readership as some of the first "dime novels (dime novel)."

      Ann Winterbotham knew from childhood that she wanted to be a writer. In 1831 she married Edward Stephens and settled in Portland, Maine, where, in 1834, they founded the Portland Magazine for women, with Ann serving as editor and frequent contributor and Edward as publisher. In 1836 she edited The Portland Sketch Book, an anthology of works by local authors.

      The couple moved to New York City in 1837, and Ann Stephens became associate editor of the Ladies' Companion magazine. In 1841–42 she was on the staff of Graham's Magazine, then edited by Edgar Allan Poe (Poe, Edgar Allan), and from 1842 to 1853 she was coeditor of Peterson's Magazine. During those years she was a frequent contributor to those and other leading women's magazines, with her melodramatic romances and histories often appearing in serial form. In 1856 she founded her own magazine, Mrs. Stephens' Illustrated New Monthly, but in 1858 it was merged with Peterson's, which continued to serialize her novels. Most of her serialized works were subsequently published as books and proved to be extremely popular in that format. She was also successful writing humorous sketches under the pseudonym Jonathan Slick; her husband published a collection of these as High Life in New York in 1843.

      In 1860 Beadle & Company reprinted one of Stephens's three-part serials, which had originally appeared in 1839, as the first of its new series of dime novels (dime novel). Malaeska: The Indian Wife of the White Hunter became a major best-seller and helped ensure the success of the dime-novel form. Beadle reprinted several more of Stephens's serializations, including Myra, the Child of Adoption (1860) and Ahmo's Plot; or, The Governor's Indian Child (1863?).

      When Stephens's husband died in 1862, she continued to support the family through her earnings as an author. Her popularity is attested by the fact that at the time of her death a 23-volume edition of her works was being readied for publication.

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