Alice Williams Brotherton was born in Cambridge, Indiana on April 4, 1848. Her A Woman of the Century profile notes the important roles that being raised in a home with books and a mother who encouraged writing played in setting Alice on the road to a writing career. In addition to being a prolific writer, Alice also devoted much time to being a mother and wife.
One of her passions was her work with women's clubs. In 1910, The Guthrie Daily Leader commented on Alice's club work, noted her husband's reaction to hearing about it, and praised her writing:
"Has A Thoughtful Husband.
Mrs. Alice Williams Brotherton, who is prominent as a club woman in Cincinnati, says that her husband declared that he was willing to hear clubs talked three times a day at meals, but he drew the line at curtain lectures on the subject. Mrs. Brotherton is a successful writer and has made quite a reputation as a poet."
Alice's work was published in periodicals such as Aldine, Atlantic Monthly, Century, Independent, Magazine of Poetry, New England Magazine, Scribner's Monthly, and St. Nicholas.
She passed away on February 9, 1930, and was buried in Cincinnati's Spring Grove Cemetery.