Woman of the Century/Emma Toussaint
TOUSSAINT, Miss Emma, author and translator, born in Boston, Mass., 13th July, 1862. Her mother was German and her father Belgian, although the family are purely and anciently French, with Austrian intermarriages. The lineage entitled them to entertain royalty. When she was seven years old, her parents removed to Brookline, Mass., which place is now her home. Through the panic of 1874 her father lost his fortune. Miss Toussaint is a fluent linguist, an able scholar and a ready thinker, as well as writer. Her short stories have been published over the pen-name "Portia." Her most important work has been the translation of the volume entitled "A Parisian in Brazil," by Madame Toussaint-Samson, which was published over her own name, and which received very favorable notices. She has also translated and adapted a number of plays. She possesses histrionic talent, and, had it not been for family reasons, she probably would have gone on the stage. She is a public-spirited woman, as is shown EMMA TOUSSAINT. in her active membership in six clubs, the New England Woman's Club, The New England Woman's Press Association, the Castilian Club, the Ladies' Aid Association, the Woman's Charity Club and the Guild of the Church of our Savior, for she is an Episcopalian Her life has been spent in attendance on an invalid mother, whose death occurred five years ago. It was mainly through her efforts the English actor, Henry Neville, was the first member of his profession who was invited to give a paper of the drama before the New England Woman's Club.