Born: 1862 June 18 in Rahway, New Jersey, United States
Died: 1942 March 26 in New York City, New York, United States
Biography: Carolyn Wells was an American writer and poet. Her first book, At the Sign of the Sphinx (1896), was a collection of charades. Her next publications were The Jingle Book and The Story of Betty (1899), followed by a book of verse entitled Idle Idyls (1900). After 1900, Wells wrote numerous novels and collections of poetry.
Wells wrote a total of more than 170 books. During the first ten years of her career, she concentrated on poetry, humor, and children's books. Then she devoted herself to mystery stories.
In addition to books, Wells also wrote for newspapers. Her poetry accompanies the work of some of the leading artists in illustration and cartooning, often in the form of Sunday magazine cover features that formed continuing narratives from week to week. Her first known illustrated newspaper work is a two part series titled Animal Alphabet, illustrated by William F. Marriner, which appeared in the Sunday comics section of the New York World. Many additional series ensued over the years, including the bizarre classic Adventures of Lovely Lilly (New York Herald, 1906–07). The last series she penned was Flossy Frills Helps Out (American Weekly, 1942), which appeared after her death.