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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Author: Meta Orred

Author: Meta Orred (1845–1925)

Biography: Meta Orred was born in 1845 in Scotland, the daughter of Geroge Orred, Lord of the Manor of Tranmere, Cheshire. She wrote several collections of poetry and several of her poems were set to music. In particular, her poem "In the Gloaming" was set by Lady Arthur Hill and sold some 140,000 copies in the 1880s. Orred also wrote two novels, A Long Time Ago (1876) and Honour's Worth (1878). She never married and died in 1925 in Bournemouth.

References: British Census (1881, 1901, 1911); Reilly; Times (26 May 1925, 14 February 1944)

Fiction Titles:

  1. A Long Time Ago: A Story.  1 vol.  London: Chapman and Hall, 1876.
  2. Honour's Worth: or, The Cost of a Vow. A Novel.  2 vol.  London: Chapman and Hall, 1878.