Born Margaret Munson
on February 22, 1838 in New Rochelle, New York, she
was born into a deeply religious family.While she
didn 't have many educational advantages, so far as school life was concerned, Margaret
had a well-rounded education provided at home.She
undoubtedly had an inborn talent for writing and literary work, yet she
was also careful to cultivated her
talent as she
was still quite young, Margaret
became a contributor to the leading periodicals of her
day, and her
first work, "Little Janney", was published in 1855 when she
was only seventeen years old.This story won her
a commission to write 100 juvenile stories to accompany a series of drawings.
In 1858 Margaret
married George Sangster and gave up her
writing career until after his
death in 1871.After her
husband 's death, Margaret
once again turned to writing and contributed several pieces to the "Hearth and Home".She soon became editor of that magazine 's children 's page and then assistant editor of the magazine, a post she held until 1875.
edited "Hearth and Home" Margaret
still contributed articles to other magazines, especially essays and letters written for young girls on the Christian life.Margaret
felt a call to be a role model to girls as a Christian leader.In 1875 she went on to become editor of "Christian at Work" and stayed with this position for six years.
After this she
spent the next nine years as assistant editor of the "Christian
Intelligencer".For part of this time she
also editor of "Harper 's
Young People", which was a new periodical.In 1889, Margaret
took on the job as editor of "Harper 's
Bazaar", where she
remained until the magazine failed in 1899.