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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Author: Lewis Armytage

Author: Lewis Armytage (1853–1928)

Alternate Name(s): (pseudonym); Rose Mabel Lewis (legal name); Durham (maiden name)

Biography: Rose Mabel Lewis was born in 1853 in Llanddewi Aberarth, Wales, the daughter of army officer Patrick Francis Durham and his wife Ann Elizabeth. In 1879, she married Col. Henry Lewis and the couple had two sons. Under the pseudonym "Lewis Armytage," she wrote three works of fiction beginning with Out of Tune (1887) based on the life of Paganini. During her long life, she was active in philanthropic work, conservative politices, women's suffrage, and voluntary work during World War I (in which both sons served with distinction). Notably, her suffrage work included leading the Cardiff and District Suffrage Society. She died on 24 December 1928 in Abergavenny. Note: local newspaper gossip identified the author "Lewis Armytage" as the wife of Mr. Henry Lewis of Greenmeadow.

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References: British Census (1861, 1871, 1901, 1911); Probate; South Wales Daily News (7 September 1891); Western Mail (27 December 1928)

Fiction Titles:

  1. Out of Tune.  2 vol.  London: Swan Sonnenschein, 1887.
  2. The Blue Mountains, and Other Stories for Children.  1 vol.  London: W. H. Allen, 1890.
  3. Spindle and Shears: A Welsh Story.  1 vol.  London: W. H. Allen, 1891.