Miriam Michelson

Miriam Michelson used her writing to celebrate the lives of strong, unconventional women, from thieves and miners to the queen of England. Michelson began her career as a journalist, “interviewing a murderer one week and [composer and politician] Paderewski the next” for San Francisco and Philadelphia newspapers, as well as writing theater reviews, special features, and short stories. Her sensational first novel, In the Bishop’s Carriage (1904) featured a compelling young thief who remains sympathetic despite her lack of conventional morality. Michelson went on to write two novels about female reporters whose ethics are challenged by their work, and a 1910 collection, The Awakening of Zojas, which allowed her to experiment with the new genre of science fiction. Her final works, Petticoat King in 1929, which followed Queen Elizabeth I, and The Wonderlode of Silver and Gold in 1934, which was set in the mining towns of her childhood, showed not only her range as a writer but also her lifelong interest in the lives of single, working women.

Topics: Fiction, Journalism

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Miriam Michelson.

Photograph by George Habenicht, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Date of Birth

Calaveras, CA
United States

Date of Death
Journalist, Writer

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