Evelyn Greenleaf Sutherland

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Evelyn Greenleaf Sutherland (1904 or earlier)

Evelyn Greenleaf Sutherland (born September 15, 1855 in Cambridge , Massachusetts , † December 24, 1908 in Boston , Massachusetts) was an American journalist and writer .


Sutherland was the daughter of the businessman James Baker and his wife Rachel Greenleaf. She completed the first part of her school days in her hometown, later she attended a girls' boarding school in Geneva ( Switzerland ). Her first literary attempts date from this time. Her essay “What is a Gentleman?” Was published in one of the first issues of St. Nicholas Magazine and also received an award.

At the age of almost 24, Sutherland married her childhood friend, the doctor John Preston Sutherland, on March 10, 1879. for the next ten years she worked as a journalist (mostly as a theater and art critic) for various newspapers and magazines in Boston and the surrounding area. When her own literary work was well received by the public as well as by official criticism, she gave up her profession and from 1890 devoted herself only to writing.

Sutherland died at the age of 53 from burns she sustained in a gas stove accident at home.


Under the pseudonym Dorothy Lundt , a number of smaller plays appeared from 1890, all of which were staged and mostly also very successful. Influenced by her parents' house, she often addressed slavery or its abolition . For some of her plays she was able to secure the collaboration of well-known fellow writers:
"The Story of Fort Frayne" was created in collaboration with General Charles King and the author of the literary model, Booth Tarkington , helped her with the play "Monsieur Beaucaire" , his novel of the same name to dramatize. Some pieces were co-produced with her friend and colleague Beulah Marie Dix .

Works (selection)

  • At the barricade. An episode of the Commune of 1871 .
  • Drifting. Comedy in 1 act . 1892 (with Emma Sheridan Fry ).
  • In office hours and other sketches for vaudeville or private acting . Baker, Boston, Mass. 1900 (Content: In office hours , A quilting party in the Thirties , In Aunt Chloe's cabin and The story of a famous wedding )
  • Monsieur Beaucaire . 1901.
  • Po 'white Trash and othe one-act-plays . Core Collection Books, Great Neck, NY 1977 (reprint of the New York 1900 edition).
  • The road to yesterday . 1906.
  • Rose o'Plymouth Town . 1902.


  • Sherry D. Engle: New women dramatists in America. 1890-1920 . Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke 2007, ISBN 978-1-4039-7320-7 .
  • Geerd Heinsen: The popular racism. Features of American theater. An investigation into the representation of different immigrant groups in American mass theater; 1870-1900 . Koscielny Verlag, Berlin 1984 (also dissertation, Free University Berlin 1981).
  • Julia Ward Howe et al. a. (Ed.): Sketches of representative women of New England . New England Historical Publ., Boston, Mass. 1904.
  • Obituary in Reno Evening Gazette, December 24, 1908 (now Reno Gazette-Journal)
  • Obituary in Nebraska State Journal, December 31, 1908 (now Lincoln Journal Star)