Fanny Fern

American writer

Fanny Fern (born Sara Payson Willis; 9 July 1811 – 10 October 1872) was an American novelist, children's writer, humorist, and newspaper columnist in the 1850s to 1870s. Fern's popularity has been attributed to her conversational style and sense of what mattered to her mostly middle-class female readers.

Fanny Fern (1866)


  • Well, it is humiliation reflection, that the straightest road to a man's heart is through his palate.
    • 1854, Fern Leaves from Fanny's Portfolio, Second series, Hungry Husbands. Often quoted as The way to a man's heart is through his stomach. Also quoted in Chambers dictionary of Quotations, p. 321
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