Marion Harland

Marion Harland (Mary Virginia Terhune, nee. Hawes) was an author who wrote both fiction and non-fiction works with a career spanning over sixty-five years. Her first novel, Alone, published in 1854 at the age of twenty-four, was a best-seller. In 1871 Marion published a book containing practical household information entitled Common Sense in the Household: A Manual of Practical Housewifery after which she became a household name in America and abroad.

In July of 1900, Marion Harland became a syndicated columnist for the Philidelphia North American at the age of seventy. She was officially named the editor of the ‘woman’s page’ which included a weekly column of 1,000 words by Marion until her contract ended in 1910. After her departure with the Philidelphia Marion accepted a new contract for the Chicago Tribune as editor of the ‘housekeeping department’ which she would continue to edit and write for until 1917.

It is her non-fiction syndicated column “School for Housewives” and then later “Common Sense in the Home” that I will be focusing on in my blog. Under this page you will find a list of articles I have located and saved from various newspapers across Canada and the United States. These date as early as 1902 and continue until late 1917 with an approximate total of 835 articles, however there could be upwards of 939 articles if Marion published a new column each week for an eighteen year run.

Year Total Missing Transcribed
1902 49/52 3 8
1903 52/52 0 n/a
1904 52/52 0 n/a
1905 53/53 0 n/a
1906 52/52 0 n/a
1907 52/52 0 n/a
1908 52/52 0 n/a
1909 52/52 0 n/a
1910 52/52 0 n/a
1911 57/53 0 n/a
1912 52/52 0 n/a
1913 52/52 0 n/a
1914 52/52 0 n/a
1915 52/52 0 n/a
1916 53/53 0 n/a
1917 44/52 8 n/a

Crawford, M. L. Marion Harland (1830–1922). (2014, April 28). In Encyclopedia Virginia. Retrieved from

Marion Harland (pen name) Mary Virginia Terhune. (2012, March 19). In Feeding America. Retrieved from

Smith, K. M. (1990). Marion Harland: The making of a household word. (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest. (90227146 or 9022746).


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