Esther Forbes at her typewriter - Forbes was one of the most prominent--and generous--readers at the Society. In the 1930s and 1940s, Forbes was an editorial assistant at Houghton Mifflin when she wrote her first novel, O Genteel Lady. This work, chosen by the Book-of-the-Month Club, helped propel her career as a historical novelist. Paul Revere and the World He Lived In was also researched at the Society, as was Johnny Tremain. Forbes deeded the royalties from all her historical novels to the Society Johnny Tremain (1943) has always been in print and remains highly popular. She was the first woman to be elected to membership, which took place at the semiannual meeting in April 1960. [view selected Forbes books here]

Photograph courtesy of the Worcester Historical Museum

The Amerian Antiquarian Society, 1812-2012 - A View at the Bicentennial
A Library So Rich in Material - Brigham, R.W.G. Vail, and Clifford Kenyon Shipton - 1927-1967