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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Author: Stella Maria Düring

Author: Stella Maria Düring (1858–1933)

Alternate Name(s): Jocelyn (maiden name); Richardson (alternate name); Josling (alternate name)

Biography: Stella Maria During was born on 14 July 1858 in Wakefield, the daughter of Julia Stella Smith. Judging by the birth record, During was the illegitimate child of a man named Robinson. Her mother had three more sons prior to her marriage to John Thomas Josling in 1867. By 1871, the widowed mother and children lived in Liverpool where she worked as a schoolmistress. During followed her mother's profession by attending a training college in Ripon. By 1891, the family lived in Bloomsbury where During worked as a board school teacher and her mother ran a boarding house. At some point, the family changed the spelling of their name from "Josling" to "Jocelyn." Later that year, she married the German clerk Paul George Edward During and the couple would have a son. In the 1890s, During left teaching and began writing serials for the Family Herald and other periodicals, going on to have a prolific career. In 1914, after years of partial employment, her husband took a job in Germany. However, the war enforced a separation. In distress, During applied to the Royal Literary Fund, but her case was "deferred" due to her husband's nationality. During continued writing novels up to her death on 1 May 1933 in Dorset.

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References: British Census (1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911); Probate; RLF (case number 2948)

Fiction Titles:

  1. Between the Devil and the Deep Sea.  1 vol.  London: A. D. Innes, 1898.
  2. In the Toils.  1 vol.  London: William Stevens, 1900.
  3. Malicious Fortune.  1 vol.  London: George Allen, 1901.