She was born in San Francisco and lived in California all her life. She eloped with George H.B. Atherton when she was only 19, and had two children. Her husband discouraged her writing; and the serial publication of her first novel, The Randolphs of Redwoods (1882), though unsigned, scandalized her family.
After her husband's death, in 1887, she was free to pursue her writing career, eventually writing 60 books and numerous articles. Atherton's first signed novel, What Dreams May Come, was published in 1888 under the pseudonym Frank Lin.
Her novels often feature strong heroines who pursue independent lives, undoubtedly a reaction to her stifling married life. She is best known for a series of historical novels and short stories set in California, including The Splendid, Idle Forties (1902); The Conqueror (1902), which is a fictionalized biography of Alexander Hamilton; and her sensational, semi-autobiographical novel Black Oxen (1923), about a middle-aged woman who miraculously becomes young again after glandular therapy.
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Categories: 1857 births | 1948 deaths | California writers
Gertrude Franklin Horn was born 30 October, 1857, in San Francisco, California, U.S.A. Her father was Thomas L. Horn, a businessman, and her mother Gertrude Franklin was a relative of Benjamin Franklin.
In 1876, at the age of nineteen, Gertrude eloped with George H. Bowen Atherton, a former suitor of her mother's and the son of Faxon Atherton, a wealthy merchant and namesake of the town of Atherton in California.
Gertrude Franklin Atherton died 14 June 1948 in San Francisco and her ashes are interred in a niche at the Cypress Lawn Memorial Park columbarium in Colma, San Mateo County, California.
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