Diaz, Abby Morton

▪ American author
née  Abigail Morton 
born Nov. 22, 1821, Plymouth, Mass., U.S.
died April 1, 1904, Belmont, Mass.

      American novelist and writer of children's literature whose popular and gently humorous work bespoke her belief in children's innate goodness.

      Abby Morton at an early age took an interest in reform. Among her early involvements was a juvenile antislavery society. From early 1843 until 1847 she lived and taught school at the experimental Brook Farm community, of which her father had been an original trustee. In 1845 she married Manuel A. Diaz of Havana, from whom she was separated a few years later. For some time she taught singing and dancing and did practical nursing in Plymouth.

      In May 1861 the Atlantic Monthly published Diaz's story “Pink and Blue,” and her career as a writer began. Her stories for children appeared in numerous periodicals—St. Nicholas, Wide Awake, Our Young Folks, Hearth and Home, and others—and her long series of books began with The Bybury Book (1868) and The King's Lily and Rosebud (1869). In 1870 she published one of her most successful and enduring books, The William Henry Letters, whose sequels, William Henry and His Friends (1872) and Lucy Maria (1874), were also very popular. Her subsequent books include six volumes of the Story Tree Series, as well as Story Book for Children (1875), Christmas Morning (1880), Jimmyjohns (1881), Polly Cologne (1881), and Bybury to Beacon Street (1887).

      Diaz believed in the essential goodness of children, and the consequent humour and affection with which she treated her characters accounted for her popularity. She also wrote a number of books intended for older readers. Diaz was deeply concerned about the effects on culture and morals of the decay of the traditional village and the growth of the industrial city. The impact of these social trends on women led her to take the lead in organizing the Women's Educational and Industrial Union of Boston, of which she was a director (1877–81), president (1881–92), and vice president (1892–1902). She was also a member of the New England Women's Club and a vice president of the Massachusetts Woman Suffrage Association.

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