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Topics in Chronicling America - Dorothy Dix: Advice Columnist & American journalist

Dorothy Dix (aka Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer) was the original syndicated women’s advice columnist and well-known American journalist. Throughout her career, more than 2,000 people wrote to her for her advice, and about 60 million read her daily column published in newspapers and magazines across the country. A known author as well, her books include: Mirandy (1914), Hearts…ala Mode (1915), and How to Win and Hold a Husband (1939). Read more about it!

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  • 1896. Elizabeth’s neighbor, Eliza Peitevent Nicholson, owner of the New Orleans Picayune, reads a sample of her writing and offers her a job as a reporter. Under her non de plume, Dorothy Dix, she serves as editor of the "Women’s Department" and writes the column: "Sunday Salad".
  • 1901. Elizabeth's writing attracts the attention of William Randolph Hearst, owner of the New York Journal. She is asked to join the paper, where she covers some of the most important murder trials of the day, including the cases of Harry Thaw, Stanford White, & Nan Patterson.
  • 1917. The Wheeler Syndicate offers her a position writing an advice column for the lovelorn. In her column, "Dorothy Dix Talks," she dispenses advice on marriage and home life with a mature approach. By the mid 1920’s, her column is of the day almost 200 different publications throughout the world. She becomes famous as the world’s highest paid woman writer.

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