Woman of the Century/Louise Manning Hodgkins
HODGKINS, Miss Louise Manning, author and educator, born in Ipswich, Mass., 5th August. 1846. Descended from a line of soldiers reaching back to Revolutionary times, it was not strange that Miss Hodgkins brought courage, faithfulness, LOUISE MANNING HODGINS. fortitude and enthusiasm to the work of life. Her education was begun in the Ipswich Seminary under Mrs. Eunice P. Cowles, continued in Pennington Seminary. N. J., and in Wilbraham, Mass., where she was graduated in 1870. In 1876 she received the degree of A.M., from Lawrence College, Appleton. Wis., where she began her career as a teacher, rising to the position of lady principal while yet in her twenties. In 1876 she was elected professor of English literature in Wellesley College, with leave of absence abroad for study. In 1877 she entered actively upon her duties. She served the college till June, 1891, making in the meantime two visas to Europe. Although well known as a brilliant and original teacher, Prof. Hodgkins was called the "Poet-Professor in Wellesley. During her term of service she contributed poems, stories and educational articles to magazines and periodicals. Her chief service to literature was associated closely with her work and is well known under the title of "A Guide to the Study of Nineteenth Century Literature." and three books in the "English Classics" series. Miss Hodgkins resigned her professorship in Wellesley in order to give more leisure to the literary work that is pressing upon her. She adds frequently to her programme lectures on literary themes. With leisure for writing and a mind to do it, her contributions to literature are increasing. Her present residence is in Auburndale, Mass.