Singmaster, Elsie (1879-1958)

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Elsie Singmaster, in private life Mrs. Harold Lewars, an American author who wrote outstanding "local color" fiction with Eastern Pennsylvania as a major locale. Since she was of Pennsylvania-German stock, some of her works naturally deal with the "plain people," including the Mennonites. Most of the short stories in her collection Bred in the Bone (1925) center around the Reformed Mennonites; a few deal with young Amish men. These characters and their problems Miss Singmaster treats with sympathy and gentle (never derisive) humor. Her home was at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where her husband was a professor at Gettysburg College. She was the author of over 300 novels and children's stories, including twelve major novels, most of them dealing with American history, especially of Pennsylvania.

Author(s) Elizabeth Horsch Bender
Date Published 1959

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Bender, Elizabeth Horsch. "Singmaster, Elsie (1879-1958)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 20 Apr 2018.,_Elsie_(1879-1958)&oldid=68136.

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Bender, Elizabeth Horsch. (1959). Singmaster, Elsie (1879-1958). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 20 April 2018, from,_Elsie_(1879-1958)&oldid=68136.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 534. All rights reserved.

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