Upon returning to the States in , her father discovered that his business partners had lost money during his absence, and her mother opened a boarding house to keep the family financially solvent. Though she received her only formal education in sewing and cooking classes, she read and wrote avidly, writing in later years that "the dream of my childhood [was] one day seeing my name in print.
The success of her stories in children's books and women's magazines encouraged her to publish under her own name rather than demurely eschewing public recognition, and with the appearance of American Girl's Book in she became known as "Miss Leslie. In an era of unprecedented familial dispersal, young wives separated by hundreds of miles from the guidance of their mothers and sisters looked to treatises like Miss Leslie's for advice on cooking, etiquette, and childrearing.
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