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Mrs Lovett Cameron

(1844—1921) novelist


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(1844–1921) married (1867) Henry Lovett Cameron. Born in Walthamstow, Essex, the daughter of a businessman, she was sent to Paris aged 6 to learn French, and then to a boarding-school. She did not write until encouraged by her husband, who was parliamentary agent to the Treasury. A long series of melodramatic novels followed Juliet's Guardian (1877). In A Grass Country (1885) reached a ninth edition. Her practice is to titillate the reader by approaching sexual sin and tragedy and then retreating to romance: in Bitter Fruit (c.1914) a painter's engagement is threatened by the appearance of a former mistress, who cries, ‘Would she have been taught to condone your offence and to forgive your past, whilst she would recoil with horror from mine?’ But by the end she has been conveniently burned to death and the lovers live happily ever after. The heroine of Remembrance (1904) has a worldly mother who tries to part her from her lowborn lover and force her to make a marriage of convenience and fails. She also wrote The Man Who Didn't, or, The Triumph of a Snipe Pie (1895), one of the many ripostes to The Woman Who Did (1895, by Grant Allen, 1848–99). It is an unsympathetic picture of a New Woman, who fails to take her lover away from his boring wife. Her brother-in-law, the African explorer Verney Lovett Cameron (1844–94), published a number of adventure stories for boys in the 1880s.

From The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: literature.


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