Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth was an American writer, used the acronym E.D.E.N. throughout her career. Being deserted by her husband and having the necessity to support herself and her children alone, she began to write sentimental stories about strong persons, who crash stereotypes and go towards one's aim. Written more than 60 novels that were published in most prestigious magazines, E.D.E.N. Southworth became one of the most-reading writers among women readers across the nation. “Cruel As The Grave” is a novel, first published in 1871. As in the most Southworth’s novels, the action of this novel is set in the post-Civil War South. The story filled of adventures and plot twists, is considered as one of E.D.E.N. Southworth’s best works, so you have the great opportunity to enjoy it.