(1802–1878), evangelical English children's writer. Born in London, Mrs. Favell Lee Mortimer married London minister Thomas Mortimer in 1841. Following a religious conversion in 1827, she taught the poor, set up a school on her banker father's Wiltshire estate, and anonymously wrote readers, educational texts, and books of religious instruction for very young children. Her best-known work is the popular family devotional guide The Peep of Day; or, A Series of the Earliest Religious Instruction the Infant Mind Is Capable of Receiving (1833), which was followed by the similar Line upon Line (1837) and More About Jesus (1839). Near Home; or, The Countries of Europe Described (1849) and Far Off; or, Asia and Australia Described (1852) are geographical books with a religious flavor designed to steer children toward facts and away from fiction and fantasy. Mortimer also authored the successful Reading Without Tears; or, A Pleasant Mode of Learning to Read (1857).
From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature in Oxford Reference.