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Alice French & Jane Crawford

Alice French (March 19, 1850 – January 9, 1934), better known as Octave Thanet, was an American novelist and short fiction writer. By 1890, she had been settled in her comfortable life-long partnership with Jane Allen Crawford (1851-1932) for close to a decade, dividing their year between their home in Davenport, Iowa, and their plantation in Arkansas. The two women shared their lives, except for Jane's four-year marriage (the ending of which is mysterious) and Jane's European tour.

She was born at Andover, Massachusetts, a daughter of George Henry and Frances Wood French. Her mother was the daughter of Massachusetts Governor Marcus Morton. Alice graduated from Abbot Academy in Andover in 1868.

She began her literary career about 1878 with studies of a social and economic bent, but soon turned to short stories, especially after her move to Davenport, Iowa. Iowa and Arkansas gave her opportunities for exploiting regions hitherto little attempted in fiction. Her stories “The Bishop's Vagabond,” “The Hay of the Cyclone,” and “Whitsun Harp, Regulator” were popular. These, with other articles, initially appeared in the Atlantic Monthly and Scribner's Magazine. Later they appeared in her books. Her novel Expiation (1890), won high praise.

Two of Alice French's houses have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places:


The Alice French House, home to the author Octave Thanet, is located at 321 E. 10th St. in Davenport, Iowa. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Alice French (March 19, 1850 – January 9, 1934), better known as Octave Thanet, was an American novelist and short fiction writer. By 1890, she had been settled in her comfortable life-long partnership with Jane Allen Crawford for close to a decade, dividing their year between their home in Davenport, Iowa, and their plantation in Arkansas. The two women shared their lives, except for Jane's four-year marriage (the ending of which is mysterious) and Jane's European tour.



Alice French & Jane Crawford are both buried at Oakdale Memorial Gardens, Davenport, Scott County, Iowa, USA, in the French family plot, section 1, Lot 13.

- Alice French House (Clover Bend, Arkansas): The Alice French House, also known as Thanford, was an historic house located near Clover Bend, Arkansas, United States. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976 and removed from the register in 2002. French, along with her widowed friend Jane Allen Crawford, spent their winters at Clover Bend Plantation in Lawrence County, Arkansas from 1883-1909. French expanded on the regionalist themes she started in Iowa with stories about the people in the Clover Bend area. She used the poor black and white sharecroppers as the subjects for her stories.
- Alice French House (Davenport, Iowa): The Alice French House, is located on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River on the east side of Davenport, Iowa, United States. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1983. It is also a part of the Cork Hill District.

Alice and Jane are both buried at Oakdale Memorial Gardens, Davenport, Scott County, Iowa, USA, in the French family plot, section 1, Lot 13.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_French

Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
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Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher

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