Woman of the Century/Alice Eloise Bartlett
BARTLETT, Mrs. Alice Eloise, author, born in Delavan, Wis., 4th September, 1848. Her maiden name was Bowen, and she is widely known ALICE ELOISE BARTLETT. by her pen-name, "Birch Arnold." "The Meeting of the Waters." her first poem, was published in the Madison " Democrat." With all its crudities, it was unique and poetic, and the encouragement received determined her to enter the field of literature as a profession. In 1877 she published her first novel, "Until the Daybreak," which at once gave her a rank among story writers. In 1872 she began to write for the Toledo "Blade" and "Locke's National Monthly." Her articles attracted a great deal of attention, and D. R. Locke (Petroleum V. Nasby) told a friend that he intended to "adopt that promising voting man." His (Nasby's) chagrin on learning that the young man was a girl can be imagined. It has often afforded her amusement to find her utterances commented on as the "vigorous ideas of a thinking man." To the world at large she still remains, and is often addressed as, "Birch Arnold, esq." Ill health for several years prevented the continuous effort necessary to pronounced success, but lyrics, essays and miscellaneous w ritings have from time to time appeared under her signature. In 1876 she was married to J. M. D. Bartlett, of Ouincy, Ill., and they have two children. As a conversationalist she is interesting, and she is an elocutionist of no ordinary ability. She is extremely sincere and earnest in her life as well as her writings, and her heart is in the work of elevating her sex and humanity in general. Her latest work is a novel entitled "A New Aristocracy" (Detroit. 1891), dealing with women and the labor question. Her home is in Detroit, Mich., where she is engaged in literary labor.