Mary Ellen Chase
Mary Peters is the first of Mary Ellen Chase's highly acclaimed and best-selling Maine novels, capturing in vivid, compelling detail and historical accuracy a period of transition and turmoil along the coast of Maine in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The novel is filled with wonderful details of the natural world, both at sea and on land. It also captures the pervasive changes wrought by the Industrial Revolution as coastal people stood on the brink of a new world, slowly turning from the glorious era of sail to serving the incoming tide of wealthy summer vacationers.
Mary Ellen Chase (1887-1973) was born and raised in Blue Hill, Maine. She graduated from the University of Maine and earned a PhD from the University of Minnesota before serving thirty years as a leading faculty member at Smith College in Massachusetts. She has written more than thirty books, many using her cherished Maine heritage as the setting, capturing the unique spirit and chronicling a way of life for generations. She stood as one of the leading writers of her era.