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Blue Hill, Maine

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Mary Ellen Chase

Mary Ellen Chase, author of Silas Crockett
Mary Ellen Chase, author of Silas Crockett

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Maine Historical Society

Mary Ellen Chase, the granddaughter of a sea captain, was born and grew up in Blue Hill at the end of the nineteenth century. She spent three decades on faculty at Smith College where she helped shape the early writing careers of Anne Morrow (later Lindbergh), Sylvia Plath and Betty Goldstein (later Friedan) and helped launch the career of John Updike. She wrote 39 books and countless articles, many of them dealing with the Coast of Maine and its people. (Image of Mary Ellen Chase)