Margaret Deland (1857 to 1945) was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. Her mother died in childbirth and her father died shortly thereafter. She was raised by an aunt. She wrote John Ward, Preacher, which is both her first book and her most famous work. She also wrote poetry, short stories, and other novels such as The Iron Woman, The Vehement Flame, and many novels and stories about “Old Chester,” a fictional town based on the town where she lived in her youth. She and her husband took it upon themselves to take in unwed mothers and support the mothers and their children for a time to help them get on their feet. Overall they supported over 60 mothers and many more children. She was controversial in her time because she supported the unorthodox ideal that striving for happiness and being a good person was more important than striving to achieve religious ideals. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.