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Florence Montgomery

(1843—1923) novelist and children's writer


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(1843–1923). It was George Whyte-Melville (1821–78) who first persuaded Montgomery, second of the six daughters (she had three brothers) of an admiral and baronet, to publish the stories that she had created to amuse her younger sisters. Most of her work was written for children; morals figure prominently. She was willing and able to see life from a child's perspective—a trait she shares with E. Nesbit. She once confided a propensity ‘to side, as it were, with the children against the parents’. Montgomery's publications include Thrown Together (1872), Herbert Manners and Other Tales (1880), Colonel Norton (1895), Prejudged (1900), a romantic tale of love abroad for adults, An Unshared Secret and Other Stories (1903), and Behind the Scenes in a School Room (1914), which describes the experiences of a young governess. However, much her most popular work was the tearjerking early children's book (though it was also much read by adults), Misunderstood (1869), which had run to eighteen editions by 1882; a little boy's father doesn't appreciate him but realizes his mistake after the child dies.

From The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.


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