Helen Sherman Griffith

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DiedJuly 13, 1961(1961-07-13) (aged 87–88)
CitizenshipUnited State of America

Helen Sherman Griffith (1873 - July 13, 1961) was an author in the U.S. She wrote novels and children's literature including the popular Letty Grey series published by Penn Publishing Company of Philadelphia. She had quips published in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine.[1] Her book The Lane was a bestseller in the 1920s.[2]

An Iowan, she wrote three plays in 1899: The Minister's Wife, The Burglar Alarm, and A Borrowed Luncheon.[3]

She was friends with Temple Bailey.

Some of her books were reprinted in 1952.[4]


  • Her Father's Legacy (1901), illustrated by Ida Waugh
  • A Story for Girls (1902) illustrated by Ida Waugh
  • Social Aspirations (1903)
  • Letty of the Circus (1910) illustrated by Francis D. Jones Penn Publishing Company
  • A Wilful Girl (1911)
  • Letty's Sister (1912) Penn Publishing Company
  • Letty's Treasure (1913), illustrated by Francis D. Jones, Penn Publishing Company
  • Letty's Good Luck (1914), illustrated by Francis D. Jones, Penn Publishing Company
  • Letty at the Conservatory (1915) illustrated by Paula B. Himmelsbach, Penn Publishing Company
  • Letty's Springtime (1916), illustrated by Paula B. Himmelsbach, Penn Publishing Company
  • Letty and Miss Grey (1917), illustrated by Paula Himmelsbach Balano. Penn Publishing Company.
  • Letty Grey - Heiress (1918), illustrated by Paula Himmelsbach Balano, Penn Publishing Company
  • Her Service Flag: A Play in One Act (1918)
  • The Knitting Club Meets Or Just Back from France: A Comedy in One Act (1918)
  • Getting the Range: A War Play in Ome Act (1918)[5]
  • Letty's New Home (1920), illustrated by Francis D. Jones, Penn Publishing Company[6]
  • The Over-Alls Club: A Farce in One Act (1920), Walter H. Baker & Co. 9781173577186
  • Yes, Virginia!
  • No, Virginia! (1921)
  • Why, Virginia (1924), illustrated by Wuanita Smith
  • Louie Maude (1924)
  • The Roly Poly family (1924)[7]
  • The Lane (1925) Penn Publishing Companh[8]


  1. "Lippincott's Monthly Magazine". J.B. Lippincott Company. May 16, 1905 – via Google Books.
  2. "Obituary for Helen Sherman Griffith (Aged 88)". July 15, 1961. p. 7 – via newspapers.com.
  3. Greasley, Philip A. (August 8, 2016). Dictionary of Midwestern Literature, Volume 2: Dimensions of the Midwestern Literary Imagination. Indiana University Press. ISBN 9780253021168 – via Google Books.
  4. "Catalog of Copyright Entries. Third Series: 1952". Copyright Office, Library of Congress. May 16, 1952 – via Google Books.
  5. Griffith, Helen (May 14, 2012). Getting the Range - A War Play in One Act: Originally Published in 1918. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 9781477452301 – via Google Books.
  7. Office, Library of Congress Copyright (May 16, 1925). "Catalog of Copyright Entries. New Series: 1924". Copyright Office, Library of Congress – via Google Books.
  8. Smith, Geoffrey D. (August 13, 1997). American Fiction, 1901-1925: A Bibliography. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521434690 – via Google Books.

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