Open main menu

DOUGLAS, Miss Alice May, poet and author, born in Bath, Me., 28th June, 1865. She still resides in her native city. She began her career as an author at the age of eleven years, when her first published article appeared among the children's productions of "St. Nicholas." The reading of "Little Women" at the age of thirteen marked an epoch in her life. She determined to be an author like Jo, and, like her. send for publication a composition from her pen to test her chances of authorship. Consequently she sent a poem pertaining to a little sister, who shortly before death was seen throwing kisses to God. The "Zion's Herald." to which the poem was sent, published it, and from that time Miss Douglas has been a constant contributor to the press. She is also engaged ALICE MAY DOUGLAS.jpgALICE MAY DOUGLAS. in editorial work on two monthly papers, the "Pacific Banner" and the "Acorn" Her first volume of poems was "Phlox" (Bath, Me., 1888). This was followed during the same year by a second volume," May Flowers" (Bath. Me.. 1888). Then she published "Gems Without Polish" (New York, 1890). She next wrote two juvenile books, one for boys and the other for girls, in the interest of the lend-a-hand clubs. Most of her books have first appeared as serials. Among them are "Jewel Gatherers," "Quaker John in the Civil War," "How the Little Cousins Formed a Museum," "The Peace-Makers" and "Self-exiled from Russia," a story of the Mennonites. Miss Douglas is State superintendent of the department of peace and arbitration of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. She has also assisted the national peace department of that organization, by preparing much of its necessary literature and by founding a peace band for children, which has branches in Palestine and Australia.