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Helen Hunt Jackson

CITY OF BIRTH

Amherst

STATE/PROVIDENCE OF BIRTH

Massachusetts

COUNTRY OF BIRTH

United States of America

An American poet, essayist, and novelist, Maria Helen Fiske Jackson born in Amherst, Mass., Oct. 15, 1830, died Aug. 12, 1885, is best known for the novel Ramona, a fictionalized romance about Indian life in California.

A lifelong friend of Emily Dickinson, Jackson sometimes used a pseudonym, but most of her work was unsigned. Her works include Verses (1877) and A Century of Dishonor (1881), a study of the U.S. government's injustice to the Indians.

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