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date: 18 January 2020

Rinehart, Mary Robertslocked

(12 August 1876–22 September 1958)
  • Jan Cohn

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Rinehart, Mary Roberts (12 August 1876–22 September 1958), novelist, playwright, and journalist, was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Thomas Beveridge Roberts, a sewing machine salesman, and Cornelia Gilleland. After high school, disappointed in her desire to study medicine, she entered the Pittsburgh Training School for Nurses. At this time, her father’s business career, already marginal, slipped further until, in 1895, he committed suicide. The next year, she married Dr. Stanley Rinehart, a surgeon, and between 1897 and 1902 gave birth to three sons....

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