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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Author: Anne Bowman

Author: Anne Bowman (birth and death dates unknown)

Biography: Anne Bowman was born on 3 May 1796 in Stanwick, Yorkshire, the daughter of solicitor's clerk Thomas Bowman and his wife Ann Pulleine. By 1851, she lived with her bookseller brother in Richmond and began writing adventure stories for juvenile readers shortly thereafter. She never married and remained in Richmond for the rest of her life, eventually dying at her nephew's house on 23 July 1886. Though her novels are set around the globe, there is no evidence Bowman ever left her native Yorkshire.

References: British Census (1851, 1871, 1881); Leeds Mercury (24 July 1886, 27 July 1886)

Fiction Titles:

  1. Laura Temple: A Tale for the Young.  1 vol.  London: Routledge, 1853.
  2. Esperanza: or, The Home of the Wanderers.  1 vol.  London: Routledge, 1855.
  3. The Castaways: or, The Adventures of a Family in the Wilds of Africa.  1 vol.  London: Routledge, 1857.
  4. The Young Exiles: or, The Wild Tribes of the North. A Tale of Adventure.  1 vol.  London: Routledge, 1858.
  5. The Kangaroo Hunters: or, Adventures in the Bush.  1 vol.  London: Routledge, 1859.
  6. The Boy Voyagers: or, The Pirates of the East.  1 vol.  London: Routledge, 1859.
  7. Sunshine and Clouds in the Morning of Life: A Tale.  1 vol.  London: Routledge, 1860.
  8. Among the Tartar Tents: or, The Lost Fathers. A Tale.  1 vol.  London: Bell and Daldy, 1861.
  9. The Bear-Hunters of the Rocky Mountains.  1 vol.  London: Routledge, 1861.
  10. How to Make the Best of It: A Domestic Tale for Young Ladies.  1 vol.  London: Routledge, 1862.
  11. Clarissa: or, The Mervyn Inheritance. A Book for Young Ladies.  1 vol.  London: Routledge, 1863.
  12. The Rector's Daughters: A Tale for the Young.  1 vol.  London: Routledge, 1864.
  13. The Young Yachtsmen: or, The Wreck of the Gipsy.  1 vol.  London: Routledge, 1865.
  14. The Boy Pilgrims.  1 vol.  London: Routledge, 1866.
  15. Tom and the Crocodiles.  1 vol.  London: Routledge, 1867.
  16. The Boy Foresters: A Tale of the Days of Robin Hood.  1 vol.  London: Routledge, 1868.
  17. The Young Nile-Voyagers.  1 vol.  London: Routledge, 1868.
  18. The Adventures of Rolando in Mesopotamia, Persia, Siberia, Kamschatka, China, and Thibet.  1 vol.  London: Routledge, 1877.