(1852–1929), British writer who wrote her first novel, Castle Blair (1877), reflecting her experiences of the Irish Republican movement during childhood visits to her Anglo-Irish grandfather, at the recommendation of her friend and mentor John Ruskin and of Charlotte M. Yonge. Her heroes Winnie and Murtagh anticipate the independent child characters of Kenneth Grahame, S. R. Crockett, and Edith Nesbit. The book's popularity swiftly spread to North America and Europe, as did that of Hector (1881) and Phyllis Browne (1882). Her last novels, A Sea Change (1885) and Colonel Cheswick's Campaign (1886), were increasingly oriented toward young adults.
From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature in Oxford Reference.