Agnes Repplier, a female essayist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was born on April 1, 1855. Daughter of John George Repplier and his second wife Agnes Mathias, Agnes Repplier taught herself how to read at the age of ten and grew to be a voracious reader. She attended two schools during her teenage years, but was asked not to return to either school after only a few terms at each due to her independent and rebellious nature. Repplier began writing and publishing stories when she was just twenty years old. At that time she wrote to help support her family after her father lost all his money in a failed business venture. After trying her hand at fiction and poetry, Repplier found her forte in the genre of the short essay.
Eleven years after she began writing, Repplier's essay "Children, Past and Present" was published in The Atlantic Monthly. She published regularly in the magazine until 1940 and successfully published in many other journals as well. She went on to publish twenty collections of essays, five biographical studies, and one book about the history of humor. Once she could afford to travel, Repplier took the opportunity to spend time abroad and write about her experiences. Later in life, Repplier became the recipient of honorary doctor of letters degrees from Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Temple University, and the University of Pennsylvania. Repplier never married, but instead lived with her two older siblings, Mary and Louis. Repplier died on November 15, 1950 at the age of ninety-five.
(Compiled by Amanda Dambrink)