Naturalist, photographer, and author whose popular novel, A Girl of the Limberlost, was adapted into a film. Her other novels include The Harvester (1911), Michael O'Halloran (1915), and The Keeper of the Bees (1925).
She grew up in Wabash County, Indiana as the youngest in a family of twelve children. She published her first novel, The Song of the Cardinal, in 1903.
Her best-selling work, A Girl of the Limberlost, was adapted for the screen in 1924 as a silent film, then as a talkie in both 1934 and 1945, and finally as a television movie in 1990.
She had one daughter with her husband, Charles D. Porter, a doctor and pharmacy owner in Geneva, Indiana. Her adulthood home in Indiana's swamplands inspired many of her nature-based literary works.
Mary Pickford's brother, Jack, starred in the silent film adaptation of Stratton-Porter's other well-known work, Freckles.