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  When it comes to influential figures in 19th century publishing, Long Island can point with pride to several individuals, well known and not so well known. Huntington has its Walt Whitman. Roslyn has its William Cullen Bryant. Less well known, however, is the fact that the founding editor of Harper's Bazar was also a Long Islander. And a woman. Mary L. Booth was one of the most prominent journalists of 19th century America, from the time she took the helm of that publication in 1867 until her death 22 years later. Mary Louise Booth, born April 19, 1831 in Yaphank, when it was called Millville, was the daughter of a school principal who encouraged her education in many subjects, including foreign languages (she was fluent in seven languages). She was born in a small story-and-a-half house on the north side of the road running east from the post office, a house which is still standing and is the subject of a multi-year restoration effort by the local historically minded residents of the Yaphank area. Read more ...

 "There was nothing in Mary Booth's childhood and youth to give promise of the brilliant woman of the world and of business that she became; and there was everything in her studious, absent-minded, and shy behavior to foretell the delicate beauty of the poetic nature that made her later companionship precious to people of scholarship, of sentiment, and of genius."
  from A Little Book of Friends, by Harriet Prescott Spofford