Caroline Kirkland


Birthday January 11, 1801

Birth Sign Capricorn

Birthplace New York

DEATH DATE Apr 6, 1864 (63)

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Remembered for such American frontier-themed books as Forest Life, Western Clearings, and A New Home; Who'll Follow, this nineteenth-century writer also established several schools in New York and belonged to a literary circle that included notable poets William Cullen Bryant and Edgar Allan Poe.

Before Fame

She and her ten younger siblings grew up in New York City. After living in Michigan for a time and publishing her first literary works, she returned to her home state.


During the late 1840s, she edited a publication called the Union Magazine.

Family Life

She and her husband, New York Evening Mirror editor William Kirkland, married in 1828 and subsequently became parents to five children, including a son, Joseph Kirkland, who had a career as a novelist.

Associated With

She was an acquaintance and literary contemporary of the acclaimed English novelist Charles Dickens.