Katharine A. Parham
Metta Victoria Fuller Victor was born on March 2, 1831, the third of five children. Her parents were Adonijah Fuller and Lucy Williams Fuller. Victor was a precocious writer, publishing a historical novel, Last Days of Tul ( 1847), when she was fifteen. Befriended by the influential editor Nathaniel Parker Willis, Victor wrote poems and stories for the New York Home Journal while yet in her teens. Victor's older sister, Frances, was also a writer, best known today for her histories of the West. The two collaborated on Poems of Sentiment and Imagination, edited by Rufus Wilmot Griswold, editor and friend of Edgar Allan Poe .
In addition to her early work in Willis's journal, Victor published in numerous other periodicals throughout her career, including The Saturday Evening Post and Godey's Lady's Book. She also served as editor and contributor to The Home. In 1870, she contracted to write stories exclusively for The New York Weekly, for which she was paid $25,000 ( Johannsen279).
Although Victor was reported to have married a Dr. Morse in 1850, little is known about that marriage. In 1856 Victor married Orville J. Victor, an editor and writer often credited with developing the dime novel formula for Beadle. The marriage produced nine children and was productive professionally as well.
Metta Victor died on June 26, 1885. Despite her long and successful career, an obituary writer noted that at the time of her death she "was comparatively unknown to the present generation" ( Taylor520).
Best known as a dime novelist for the house of Beadle and Adams, Victor was a successful practitioner of nearly every popular nineteenth-century genre,