Mary Mears (1870-1940) was a fiction writer and reportedly sold her first book, principally written between the ages of 14 and 17 to Henry Holt. It was called Emma Lou—Her Book. She also wrote many short stories and sold them to a “sensational” Chicago newspepr for $4 per newsprint page. Her best early story, according to her, was called “Across the Bridges” and was published by Harper’s in 1900. She is also credited with the screenplay for the silent film The Forbidden Thing, produced in 1921, the play Wings and the Woman, and the novel, Begotten. In 1907, Mears, and her sister, sculptor Helen Frnsworth Mears, were the first Fellows at The MacDowell Colony. She said, "Whatever influences the art of a country, influences in the most intimate sense its civilization, and certainly few people are aware that MacDowell's plan, now proved practical beyond question, is one of national importance."