Author Information At the Circulating Library

Author: Fanny Du Tertre

Alternate Name(s): Denzil Vane (pseudonym)

Biography: Fanny Du Tertre was born in 1856 in Nice, France, the eldest daughter of Alan Du Tertre and Emily Kinch. Her father cannot be traced and may have died before 1862. In 1862, Emily and her three daughters lived in London when she married John Vere Isham (1803–1883) as his second wife. They had a son, Vere Isham (1862–1941), later the baronet of Lamport. Fanny turned to writing novels and contributing to periodicals under the pseudonym "Denzil Vane." Her career was marred by mental illness: at least thrice (in 1881, 1891, and 1895) she was admitted to an asylum for treatment as a private patient. In 1896, she married Alfred Keith Abbott (1841–1925), the first cousin of her half-brother, and the couple had one daughter, Marguerite Laura. Thereafter, she cannot be traced—presumably, she was re-committed to an asylum. Her husband continued to describe himself as married (not widowed) in the 1911 census, hinting she lived into the twentieth century. A rather sad case of literary promise cut short.

References: British Census (1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911); pers inf (Michael S. Clark)

Titles:

  1. Like Lucifer: A Novel.  3 vol.  London: Hurst and Blackett, 1886.
  2. From the Dead: A Romance.  2 vol.  London: Sampson Low, 1888.
  3. The Lynn's Court Mystery.  1 vol.  London: Sampson Low, 1892.
  4. A Polish Conspiracy: or, A Wandering Star.  1 vol.  London: Sampson Low, 1893.