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According to Wikipedia: "Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton (October 30, 1857 June 14, 1948) was an American writer…. She eloped with George H.B. Atherton when she was only 19, and had two children. Her husband discouraged her writing; and the serial publication of her first novel, The Randolphs of Redwoods (1882), though unsigned, scandalized her family. After her husband's death, in 1887, she was free to pursue her writing career as a protégée of Ambrose Bierce, eventually writing 60 books and numerous articles and short stories. Atherton's first signed novel, What Dreams May Come, was published in 1888 under the pseudonym Frank Lin. She is best remembered for her "California Series," several novels and short stories dealing with the social history of California. The series includes The Splendid, Idle Forties (1902); The Conqueror (1902), which is a fictionalized biography of Alexander Hamilton..."

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