Alice Hegan Rice (1870-1942) was an American novelist. Born in Shelbyville, Kentucky, she wrote over two dozen books, the most famous of which is Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch. The book was a best seller in 1902 and was set in Louisville, Kentucky where she lived. Hegan was married to poet and dramatist Cale Young Rice. Rice was the niece of author Frances Little. Several of her earlier works were translated into German, French, Danish, and Swedish, and three (Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (1901), Mr. Opp (1909), and A Romance of Billy-Goat Hill (1912)) were dramatized. Both before and after she became a novelist she was favorably known for short stories contributed to the magazines. Among her other works are: Lovey Mary (1903), Sandy (1905), Captain June (1907), The Honorable Percival (1914), Calvary Alley (1917), Miss Mink's Soldier and Other Stories (1918) and Quin (1921).