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This Day in Georgia History

March 17, 1869

Corra Harris Born

Author Corra Mae White Harris was born in Elbert County, Georgia. Harris married a Methodist minister, Lundy Harris, with whom she traveled for years before he began teaching at Oxford College. Her personal life was sorrowful; two children died young, while her husband had severe emotional problems - which ultimately led to his suicide in 1910. Harris wrote prolifically, partly as a way to deal with her family misfortunes. She was first published in 1899, doing an article for the Independent, a journal in New York. After her husband’s suicide, she wrote fourteen novels, the most famous being A Circuit Rider’s Wife. Much of her fiction was published serially in national publications like the Saturday Evening Post and Ladies Home Journal. She also did a regular column for the Atlanta Journal. Corra Harris died in Atlanta Feb. 7, 1935. Her papers and manuscripts are on file at the University of Georgia’s Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library.