Charlotte Teller

Charlotte Rose Teller, later Hirsch (March 3, 1876 – December 30, 1953),[2] also using the pen name John Brangwyn, was an American writer and socialist active in New York City.[1][3] She graduated in 1899 from the University of Chicago (BA).[1][2] Her book The Cage was published in 1907. Mark Twain had offered to endorse it "in the form of a letter to the actress Maude Adams".[1] Mary Haskell introduced Teller and Kahlil Gibran to each other in January 1908.[3]

Charlotte Teller
Portrait of Charlotte Teller by Kahlil Gibran.jpg
Kahlil Gibran, Portrait of Charlotte Teller, c. 1911
Charlotte Rose Teller

March 3, 1876
DiedDecember 30, 1953(1953-12-30) (aged 77)
Other namesJohn Brangwyn
Spouse(s)Frank Minitree Johnson (m. 1902; div.)[1][2]
Gilbert Julius Hirsch (m. Oct. 14, 1912;[1] died May 3, 1926)
  • James Harvey Teller (father)
  • Frances Leonora Wheelock (mother)

Charlotte Teller came from an eminent Colorado family. Her father, James [Harvey][2] Teller, later rose to become the Attorney-General of the state, while her uncle, Henry Teller, was a famous and respected Senator.[3]

Her marriage to Frank Minitree Johnson ended in a divorce. On October 14, 1912, she married Gilbert Julius Hirsch (December 16, 1886 – May 3, 1926); they had a son, Richard, born September 12, 1914.


  1. ^ a b c d e Autobiography of Mark Twain. p. 564.
  2. ^ a b c d Kaser, James A. (2011). The Chicago of Fiction: A Resource Guide. The Scarecrow Press. p. 501.
  3. ^ a b c Waterfield, Robin. Prophet: The Life and Times of Kahlil Gibran.

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