Writer. Born– Wilcox County, March 8, 1865.  (Grew up in Mobile). Parents– William Stoddard and Laura (Sibley) McNeill.  Education: Irving Female Seminary, Mobile. Married– Ludolph Chester. Children– One. Married– Ledyard Scott. Children–one. Married– Ernest Fenollosa, December 28, 1895. Lived in Japan where her second husband, Ledyard Scott, held a consular post. Returned to U.S. and became secretary to Ernest Fenollosa, curator of Oriental art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; moved with him to Japan in 1897 and lived there for several years.  Published her first book in 1899; wrote poems and novels (some under the pen name Sidney MacCall). Several of her novels were extremely popular.   Published on Japanese art; completed her husband’s final work, Epochs of Chinese and Japanese Art, after his death. Member of the Society of Dramatists and Composers, Writers’ Branch of Equal Suffrage, and the Pen and Ink Club. Died January 11, 1954.


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Ariadne of Allan Water. Boston; Little, Brown, 1914.

Blossoms of a Japanese Garden. New York; Stokes, 1915.

The Breath of the Gods. Boston: Little, Brown, 1905.

Christopher Laird. New York; Dodd, Mead, 1919.

The Dragon Painter. Boston; Little, Brown, 1906.

Hirosige; the Artist of Mist, Snow and Rain. San Francisco; Vickery, Atkins & Torrey, 1901.

Out of the Nest; a Flight of Verses. Boston; Little, Brown, 1899.

Red Horse Hill. Boston; Little, Brown, 1909.

The Stirrup Latch. Boston; Little, Brown, 1915.

The Strange Woman. New York; Dodd, 1914.

Sunshine Beggars. Boston; Little, Brown, 1918.

Truth Dexter. Boston; Little, Brown, 1906.


Epochs of Chinese and Japanese Art. New York; Stokes, 1912.