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Fanny N. D. Murfree Collection Regarding Mary Noailles Murfree

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0169

This collection houses newspaper clippings describing Mary Noailles Murfree and her work, lists of Murfree's books in U.T.'s library, a postcard depicting the Stones River Battlefield, a photograph of William Law Murfree's home in Nashville, and a typewritten manuscript entitled "Grantland Before the Civil War" by Fanny N. D. Murfree.

Dates

  • 1895 February 24-1945 August, undated

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact Special Collections.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Abstract

This collection houses newspaper clippings describing Mary Noailles Murfree and her work, lists of Murfree's books in U.T.'s library, a postcard depicting the Stones River Battlefield, a photograph of William Law Murfree's home in Nashville, and a typewritten manuscript entitled "Grantland Before the Civil War" by Fanny N. D. Murfree.

Biographical/Historical Note

Mary Noailles Murfree was born to William Law and Fanny Priscilla (Dickinson) Murfree near Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on January 24, 1850. She studied at the Nashville Female Institute and at the Chegaray Institute in Philadelphia in addition to reading widely on her own. Murfree began her literary career under the pseudonym Charles Edgar Craddock, although her editors and publishers knew her as M. N. Murfree. In late 1884, the editor of the Atlantic Monthly (Thomas Aldrich) approached Craddock about writing a serial during the coming year. He met Craddock in person the following March, and Murfree continued her career under her own name. Although she wrote on a variety of subjects, she achieved her greatest fame with her stories about the Tennessee mountains. Among her best known works are In the Tennessee Mountains (1884), Down the Ravine (1885), The Prophet of the Great Smoky Mountain (1885), In the Clouds (1886), The Mystery of Witchface Mountain (1895), The Young Mountaineers (1897), The Champion (1902), The Frontiersman (1905), and The Fair Mississippian (1908). Mary Murfree died on July 21, 1922, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and is buried in Murfreesboro's Evergreen Cemetery.

Fanny Noailles Dickinson Murfree was born to William Law and Fanny Priscilla (Dickinson) Murfree near Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on August 2, 1846. She was also an author, but never achieved her sister's prominence. Her best known work, Felicia: A Novel, appeared in 1891. Fanny Murfree died on November 25, 1941, and is buried in Murfreesboro's Evergreen Cemetery.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

Mary S. Mooney donated these materials to Special Collections on May 2, 1959.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480