It has always fascinated me that when a book or a song are so perfectly created that you think the song or the tale surely must have originated from the country written about. One example of this is Edelweiss by Oscar Hammerstein and another is Hans Brinker. Here is the story of the woman who wrote Hans Brinker and The Silver Skates.
Mary Mapes was born in New York City in 1831 into a prestigious New York family. Her father was an inventor and an entrepreneur who planned to revolutionize the farming industry with new chemical fertilizers. One of the investors in his fertilizer idea was a man named William Dodge, who later married young Mary Mapes.
Mary Mapes Dodge lived with her husband in New York City for five years, and had two sons. Then one night in 1858, her husband left the house and never came back. It…
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