Townsend, Mary Ashley


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(1832–1901), New York novelist, whose residence in New Orleans provided the background for her melodramatic novel The Brother Clerks (1857), and The Captain's Story (1874), a poem concerning a supposedly white man who discovers his mother to have been a mulatto. She also wrote Down the Bayou and Other Poems (1882). Some of her early writings were published under the name Xariffa or Mary Ashley.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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