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Hesba Stretton

Hesba Stretton was the pen name of Sarah Smith (27 July 1832 - 8 October 1911), an English writer of children's books. She concocted the name from the initials of herself and four surviving siblings and part of the name of a Shropshire village she visited, All Stretton, where her sister Anne owned a house, Caradoc Lodge Sarah Smith was the daughter of a bookseller, Benjamin Smith (1793-1878) of Wellington, Shropshire and his wife Anne Bakewell Smith (1798-1842), a noted Methodist. She and her...See more