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Emma Steer Speed Sampson

 (1868 - 1947)
Emma Steer Speed Sampson was active/lived in Kentucky, Virginia.  Emma Sampson is known for painting, juvenile fiction writing and illustration.

Emma Steer Speed Sampson

Biography from the Archives of askART

Emma Speed was born in Kentucky, and originally set out to be an artist; she studied in Paris for two years, and also at the Art Students League in New York. She married Henry Aylett Sampson; they moved to Richmond, Virginia. It was there that she began her literary career at the age of 45.

She produced a series of books for younger readers titled Miss Minerva. She also worked as a columnist at The Richmond Times Dispatch, and served on the State Board of Motion Picture Censors.

Following is a list of the Miss Minerva books by Emma Sampson:

Billy and the Manor  1918, 286 pgs

Miss Minerva's Baby  1920, 320 pgs

Miss Minerva on the Old Plantation  1923, 301 pgs

Miss Minerva Broadcasts Billy 1925, 329 pgs

Miss Minerva's Scallywags  1927, 321 pgs

Miss Minerva's Neighbors  1929, 327 pgs

Miss  Minerva Goin' Places  1931, 327 pgs

Miss Minerva's Mystery  1933, 316  pgs

Miss Minerva's Problem  1936, 311 pgs

Miss Minerva's Vacation  1939, 333 pgs

Note: I became curious because I had read all these books in my childhood, as had my mom, who started me reading them.  Every Christmas, some relative would give me a book.  Recently, in the Richmond Times Dispatch, (VA), there was a brief text and photo of Emma Speed Sampson.  She had worked for the newspaper at one time. I decided to check my books and also the computer to find out more about her and to see if I had all of her series of Miss Minerva books.  That is when I came to your site.

She died in Richmond at age 78.


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About  Emma Steer Speed Sampson

Born:  1868 - Chatsworth, Crescent Hills, Kentucky
Died:   1947 - Richmond, Virginia
Known for:  painting, juvenile fiction writing and illustration