British publisher dedicates book to notable US journalist

A British publisher has dedicated its latest publication to a respected 20th century journalist Marie Mattingly Meloney. Dormouse Press is reprinting The Log Cabin Lady and donating £1 from the sale of each book to Marie Curie Cancer Care.
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Sept. 3, 2011 - PRLog -- September 4th marked the anniversary of the launch of the Liberty Ship, Marie Meloney, which was named in honour of US journalist Marie Mattingly Meloney (1878-1943). The ship was launched at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard in Baltimore on September 4, 1943.

This was one of many honours bestowed on Meloney, who was born in Bardstown, Kentucky on December 8, 1878. Starting her career at the Washington Post at the age of 16, she went on to work for the Herald and Sun newspapers in New York and eventually became editor of Woman’s Magazine, the Delineator and This Week. In 1920, whilst editor of the Delineator magazine, Meloney travelled to Paris to interview Marie Curie. Following that meeting she began a campaign in the USA to raise the $100,000 Curie needed to buy one gram of radium to continue her research.

Writing of her death on June 23, 1943, one New York Times reporter described Meloney as “One of the pioneers of the triumph of women in the newspaper field”.

Now a British publisher is dedicating its latest publication to the journalist. Dormouse Press, an imprint of Guidemark Publishing which is based in Derbyshire in England, has dedicated its reprint of The Log Cabin Lady to Meloney. The book is an anonymous autobiography originally published in 1922, and includes a preface written by Meloney. One pound (about $1.60) from the sale of each book will be donated to Marie Curie Cancer Care, a charity that carries out cancer research and provides care for patients and their families.

“We chose the charity because of the story’s connection to Marie Curie,” explained Jane Bettany from Dormouse Press. “It was at a fundraising event for the Marie Curie campaign that Marie Mattingly Meloney met the Log Cabin Lady and encouraged her to write her story.

“In publishing the book, we wanted to continue this tradition of fund raising, which is why we’re donating £1 from the sale of each book to Marie Curie Cancer Care. We’re calling on women readers across the UK and the USA to help us raise as much money as possible for the charity. The book is available from bookstores and from and”

The Log Cabin Lady is the story of a woman who leaves behind her life on the American frontier to enter the privileged world of the rich in England. Finding herself in the company of high ranking politicians and presented at court to Queen Victoria, the Log Cabin Lady struggles to grasp the rules of British etiquette and royal protocol.

“It’s a story about overcoming social barriers, developing self-confidence and holding on to the beliefs and values that make us who we are,” Jane Bettany added. “It’s an interesting read from a social history point of view, and there’s also a touch of the family saga about it—a pioneer childhood, romance and marriage, plus trouble with the in laws! We think it will appeal to women readers on both sides of the Atlantic.”

Title: The Log Cabin Lady
ISBN 978-0-9569466-1-4
Price $10.95

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For further information call Jane Bettany at Guidemark Publishing on #44 1332 781560 or email

Notes to editors:

Dormouse Press is an imprint of Guidemark Publishing, 131 Main Road, Smalley, Derbyshire, DE7 6DT,, telephone #44 1332 718560.

You can read the Introduction and the Preface to the book on our website.

Marie Mattingly Meloney (1878-1943) was Editor of The Delineator magazine when she met the Log Cabin Lady and encouraged her to write her autobiography. You can read more about how the book came to be written in Meloney’s preface to the book.

Marie Curie Cancer Care is one of the UK’s largest charities. Employing more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals, it expects to provide care to around 29,000 terminally ill patients in the community and in its hospices this year.

Around 70 per cent of the charity’s income comes from the generous support of thousands of individuals, membership organisations and businesses.

The charity is best known for its network of Marie Curie Nurses working in the community to provide end-of-life care, totally free for patients in their own homes.

The charity also has two centres for palliative care research, The Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Unit at University College London and The Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute in Liverpool.

It also funds seven fundamental scientific research groups which investigate the causes and treatments of cancer. This research was previously carried out at the Marie Curie Research Institute in Oxted, Surrey. The programmes are now located in universities around the country, and will receive funding from the charity until 2012.

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