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Queens of Literature
Queens of Literature. New York: McLoughlin Brothers, 1886.

The game consists of a deck of 32 playing cards, with 8 portraits of the purported Queens of Literature, and three additional book cards for each author.

This version of the Authors game is somewhat unusual because it only deals with female writers. A typical deck of Authors cards might only list Alcott or Bronte.

Below are examples of the portrait cards and a corresponding book featured in the game.

Alcott cards
Alcott cards from the game Queens of Literature. New York: McLoughlin Brothers, 1886.

Although the portrait card for Alcott is missing from this deck, shown here are the three remaining cards, which would complete a matching 'book'.

Little Women
Louisa May Alcott. Little Women, or, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1868.

Little Women made Louisa May Alcott an overnight success, as the novel, which was based loosely on her childhood experiences, was so popular. Illustrated by Louisa's sister May, the first edition was published in two parts in 1868 and 1869.

Eliot, Bronte, etc. cards
Portrait cards of authors from the game Queens of Literature. New York: McLoughlin Brothers, 1886.

George Eliot, Charlotte Bronte, Sarah Jewett and Harriet Beecher Stowe are authors who remain well known today.

Mary Ann Evans published under the pseudonym 'George Eliot' because it was easier at that time for men to have their work published and taken seriously than it was for women.

Queens of Literature portrait cards

Lucy Larcom, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Mary Murfree and Adeline Whitney are the more obscure female authors featured in the game.

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