Leslies in America

This section explores the lives of two members of the Leslie clan who made their names and livelihoods in the United States of America in the nineteenth century. Eliza Leslie and Frank Leslie both found success in the American publishing industry by addressing a primarily female readership that sought to assert their desire to enhance women’s education. Eliza Leslie, also known by her pseudonym "Miss Leslie," was one of the first highly successful cookbook authors in America. Her text Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches (1837) sold 150,000 copies in her lifetime, and is considered the most well known American cookery book of the period. Frank Leslie specialized in illustrated periodicals, and is best known for his news magazine Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, a paper that arguably changed the nature of investigative journalism through it's use of illustration, and for the full-colour fashion plates published in Frank Leslie's Lady's Magazing and Gazette of Fashion.

Leslies in America