Author Information At the Circulating Library

Author: Mary Charlotte Phillpotts

Alternate Name(s): Herbert (married name)

Biography: Mary Charlotte Phillpotts was born in 1839 at Gwenap, Cornwall, the daughter of the Rev. Thomas Phillpotts, later Canon of Truro Cathedral. In her twenties, she began writing religious fiction for S.P.C.K. before producing two three-volume novels for Hurst and Blackett. In 1877, she married judge John Maurice Herbert and the couple lived in Herefordshire. Her husband was a college friend of Charles Darwin. He died in 1882 but her death cannot be traced.

References: Allibone; Bibliotheca Cornubiensis (1881); Boase; Times (7 Nobember 1882)


  1. Paul's Mountain Home.  1 vol.  London: S.P.C.K., 1865.
  2. The Hillford Confirmation: A Tale.  1 vol.  London: Rivingtons, 1869.
  3. The Manor Farm: A Tale.  1 vol.  London: Rivingtons, 1869.
  4. Maggie's Secret.  2 vol.  London: Hurst and Blackett, 1871.
  5. Janet's Choice.  3 vol.  London: Hurst and Blackett, 1872.