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Katherine S. Macquoid

(1824—1917) novelist and travel writer


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(1824–1917) married (1851) Thomas Robert Macquoid (d. 1912). Born in Kentish Town and educated at home, she published more than fifty volumes of fiction, including children's books and ghost stories, and also wrote a number of travel books about France. She published in periodicals from 1859. Her husband, a painter, illustrated several of her books. Her earliest works, such as A Bad Beginning: A Story of a French Marriage (1862), Chesterford and Some of Its People (1863), By the Sea (1864), and Hester Kirton (1864), were published anonymously. Her later works include His Heart's Desire: A Romance (1903), a historical romance, A Village Chronicle (1905), reprinted from the Illustrated London News, which is a series of anodyne or melodramatic sketches of rural life, and Captain Dallington (1907), about a highwayman. Her brand of pure fiction was becoming old-fashioned by the Edwardian period and she made seven applications to the Royal Literary Fund between 1894 and 1915, when old, ill, but still working. She also received a Civil List pension of £120. She was the mother of the furniture historian Percy Macquoid (1852–1925), who illustrated some of her books.

From The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.


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