Author: Jessie Bedford
Author: Jessie Bedford (1853–1918)
Alternate Name(s): Elizabeth Godfrey (pseudonym)
Biography: Jessie Bedford was born in 1853 in Twyford, Hampshire, the daughter of Rev. James Bedford, a clergyman, educator, and author. She was educated at home and as a young woman travelled to Germany. After the death of her father, Bedford began writing fiction under the pseudonym "Elizabeth Godfrey" beginning with Twixt Wood and Sea (1892), a novel in which the heroine is married to a profligate gambler and writer of Zolaesque novels. She went on to write about ten more. During her life, Bedford had a wide circle of literary friends including Lucas Malet, Margaret Roberts, Swinburne, and Theodore Watts-Dunton. She resided near Bournemouth, never married, and died in 1918.
References: British Census (1881); DNB; The Literary World (1 June 1902); Times (24 May 1918)
- Twixt Wood and Sea: A Novel. 3 vol. London: Chapman and Hall, 1892.
- Cornish Diamonds. 2 vol. London: Bentley, 1895.
- Poor Human Nature. 1 vol. London: Grant Richards, 1898.
- A Stolen Idea: A Novel. 1 vol. London: Jarrold and Son, 1899.
- The Harp of Life. 1 vol. London: Grant Richards, 1900.