Bertha Mahony Miller

1882-1969

Bookseller & Reviewer


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Bertha Mahony 
Miller
Bertha Everett Mahony was born in Rockport, Massachusetts in 1882. In 1916, she established a bookshop for children, where she worked to ensure that her customers had access to the best and newest children's books. The Bookshop featured story hours, art exhibits, and poetry readings for children by well-known poets such as T.S. Eliot and Robert Frost. The programs were intended to instill a lifelong love of reading in her small patrons. Eight years later, she teamed with Elinor Whitney Field to found the Horn Book Magazine, the first to focus exclusively on children's books. She married in 1932 to William Davis Miller nad. For over fifty years, Bertha Mahony Miller devoted herself to promoting children's literature and inspiring children to read. She died in her home at the age of 87.

Selected Works
  • Mahony, Bertha E. et al. (1947). Illustrators of Children's Books, 1744-1945. Boston, Massachusetts: Horn Book.

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