Freeman, Mary Eleanor Wilkins, 1852–1930, American author, b. Randolph, Mass. Her stories and novels paint a picture of Massachusetts and Vermont still under the influence of Puritanism, in her view, a philosophy made rigid by time. Her short story collections include A Humble Romance and Other Stories (1887) and A New England Nun and Other Stories (1891). Her novels, published under her maiden name, Mary E. Wilkins, include Jane Field (1892) and Pembroke (1894).
See her letters, ed. B. L. Kendrick (1985); biography by E. Foster (1956); study by P. D. Westbrook (1968, rev. ed. 1988).
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