(1828–1899), British author known mainly for her children's literature, but also for poetry, religious works, and historical novels. After marrying a minister's son and starting a family, Marshall began to write many books for children, particularly young girls. Her first children's book, The Happy Days at Fernbank: A Story for Little Girls, was published in 1861. Most of her books are domestic stories imbued with religion, published by evangelical publishers, with the young heroes and heroines learning valuable lessons about society, faith, and love. Lessons of Love; or, Aunt Bertha's Visit to the Elms (1863) tells the story of Edith, a young girl whose parents depart for some months. Although her aunt arrives to care for the girls, Edith insists on taking control, and proceeds to learn many valuable lessons about respecting her elders and having love for and patience with her family. Marshall became a very popular writer and produced nearly two hundred books.
From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature in Oxford Reference.