Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews was born in Mobile, Ala. She grew up in Lexington, Ky., then moved with her family to New York City. After her graduation from high school, Andrews studied privately, first with her father, an Episcopal clergyman, then with a lawyer whom she later married. After their marriage, Andrews and her husband lived in Syracuse, N.Y., and spent their summers in rural Canada. Andrews wrote articles and short stories that were published in popular magazines such as Scribner’s Magazine, Collier’s, and Ladies' Home Journal. Her first book, Vive L’Empereur, was published in 1902. Her most famous work, The Perfect Tribute, a fictional story about Abraham Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address, was first published in 1906. It has been reprinted extensively, and ABC-TV broadcast a television version in 1991. Andrews died in Syracuse from complications following an operation.
Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews wrote novels and short stories. Many of her stories were also published separately as standalone books. Much of her fiction is inspirational, with an emphasis on the nobility of sacrificing one’s personal happiness for the good of others.
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Photo from Country Life, August 1921.
Last updated on May 30, 2008.