Laura E. Richards was born in 1850 to Julia Ward Howe. This was the same Julia Ward Howe who wrote the Battle Hymn of the Republic.
After marrying Henry Richards in 1871, Laura moved her young family to Gardiner, Maine in 1876 when her husband was offered a management position at the family paper mill.
Laura spent the remainder of her life in Maine writing almost 100 books, the majority of them children’s books. Ms. Richards became known for her mastery of nonsense literature. Here is one of her nonsense poems.