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Higher Education: Seneca Collegiate Institute
Isabella Macdonald Alden, a well-known American Author, was born in New York. Her first work, Helen Lester, was published in 1866 because a friend secretly entered it into a children's book contest describing the Christian salvation system. She wed the Reverend Gustavus R. Alden in the same year, and throughout the ensuing years, the two of them went to a series of pastorates from New York to Indiana.
At age twenty, Alden wrote his first book, Helen Lester, for a competition.
Alden also wrote several volumes of fiction for adult readers, some 75 Sunday school books, and The Prince of Peace, a biography of Jesus.
Alden devoted her writing to advance the Christian religion in the home and the workplace, writing on the topics of love for God and love for her fellow humans.
Alden presided over the Missionary Society, oversaw the Sunday School's primary division, participated in the Chautauqua assemblies, and wrote the Sunday School lessons for the Westminster Teacher. Swedish, French, Japanese, and Armenian translations of her writings exist.
Alden's unfinished autobiography was completed by her niece, Grace Livingston Hill, and published in 1931 as Memories of Yesterdays.
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Alden actively backed the Woman's Christian Temperance Union and the Chautauqua movement.
Alden published Pansy, her own children's magazine, from 1874 to 1896. At their peak, Alden's books sold over 100,000 copies annually and were widely dispersed by public libraries, particularly Sunday-school libraries.
Alden is said to have written a narrative at 10 and published it in her neighborhood newspaper.