Grace Livingston Hill: The Life Story of One of America's Best-Loved Writers, As Told by Her Grandson

1986

This book was written by Grace's grandson, Robert L. Munce, with help from his mother, Ruth. It's filled with first-hand family stories and photos that you won't find in any other biography. This is THE definitive GLH Biography (so far, but stay tuned) and if you were only able to read one, forget all the rest and read this one.

Its first edition was published in April 1986 by Tyndale House Publishers with several printings. It was also available through the Christian Herald Book Club. This book was re-released under the title Grace Livingston Hill: The Biography.

Corrections to keep in mind while you're reading:

  • Munce writes that the Livingstons' first child (a son, Percy) was born in 1863 and lived only one day. This is incorrect. Percy was born in May 1859 and died in October 1860. Details are not known, but he is memorialized in his aunt's autobiography by a single sentence: "Sacred to the memory of Percy."

  • We have learned in the years after this bio was published that Grace's first book, "The Esselstynes", was not produced as a single gift copy as originally thought. Several more copies of this rare treasure have been located and the story also appears in many other Pansy Books, including "Mother's Boys and Girls" and "Getting Ahead". Grace's story was used for this children's book as a surprise to her, but the author in the front of the book is listed as "Pansy". It's only inside the book that the true identity of the author is revealed to be Grace!

  • Grace wrote a bit of poetry, but "The Bridal Veil" mentioned in Chapter 6 was simply a favorite of Grace's. We have learned that it was written by Alice Cary and appears often in literary compilations as early as 1875, so it would have been popular when she was a young bride.

  • In the account of the writing of "The Girl from Montana", Mr. Munce tells us that Grace "had never been west of Pennsylvania". Actually, Grace spent some time in Ohio studying at the Cincinnati Art School and her father pastored in Indianapolis, Indiana for a time. More accurately, Grace had never visited the far western states.

  • The book says that E.L. Henry drew "five or six pen and ink drawings" for the book "Marcia Schuyler", but he probably sketched some of his existing paintings that might fit book's theme and could be used for publication. The paintings you see in the early editions were painted many years before Grace even learned about the family story. This mistake is quoted in Everett's biography. You can see these paintings at our companion site: E.L. Henry: Illustrations from the Marcia Schuyler Trilogy .