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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Author: Mary Molesworth

Author: Mary Molesworth (1823–1863)

Biography: Mary Molesworth was born in 1823 in Brighton, parentage unknown. She was adopted by Richard Pigot Molesworth, 7th Viscount of Swords, co. Dublin. She lived with her adopted father in Brighton, never married, and died there in 1863. Molesworth wrote three works of fiction beginning with A Stumble on the Threshold (1848).

References: British Census (1851, 1861); Burke; John Toman, Kilvert's Diary and Landscape (2009)

Fiction Titles:

  1. A Stumble on the Threshold: A Story of the Day.  1 vol.  London: Charles Ollier, 1848.
  2. Claude: or, The Double Sacrifice.  2 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1850.
  3. The Great Experiment: A Novel.  3 vol.  London: T. C. Newby, 1860.