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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Author: Catherine Elizabeth Tylee

Author: Catherine Elizabeth Tylee (1811–1897)

Alternate Name(s): Mrs. George Tylee (married name)

Biography: Catherine Elizabeth Tylee was born in 1811 in Surrey, the third daughter of Seth Stephen Ward. An earnest Christian, she had Edward Pusey as her spiritual guide. After a correspondence with John Henry Newman, she converted to Roman Catholicism in 1849. In 1857, she married Major-General George Tylee who had converted the year before. Her husband died on 1865 in Rome. As a widow, she wrote two novels: Amy's Wish (1870) and Hurree de Fontenay (1876). She died in 1897 at her home in Clifton, Bristol.

References: British Census (1841; 1871; 1881); Evening Freeman (23 May 1865); Probate; Edward Short, Newman and his Contemporaries (2011); Times (9 August 1897)

Fiction Titles:

  1. Amy's Wish and What Came of It: A Fairy Tale.  1 vol.  London: Griffith and Farran, 1870.
  2. Hurree de Fontenay: or, All Lost save Honour. A Novel.  3 vol.  London: Tinsley Brothers, 1876.