Charlotte Eccles

(1863—1911) journalist and novelist

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(1863–1911) was born in Roscommon, Ireland, and educated at Upton Hall, near Birkenhead, and at convents in Paris and Germany. She published in Irish periodicals before moving to London and working as a journalist. She published two volumes of fiction in the period: the first, Aliens of the West (1904), is a collection of stories about Irish provincial life; the second, The Matrimonial Lottery (1906), is a comic novel about a failing literary weekly, the Comet, which is put back on its feet when the editress marries money and a title. Eccles published an earlier comic novel, about a boarding-house, The Rejuvenation of Miss Semaphore (1897), as ‘Hal Godfrey’. Some of her work, including a translation from Polish, appeared only in America. She was incapacitated after a stroke in 1908, and she and the devoted sister who nursed her were several times relieved by grants from the Royal Literary Fund.

From The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction in Oxford Reference.

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