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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Author: Elizabeth Glaister

Author: Elizabeth Glaister (1840–1892)

Biography: Elizabeth Glaister was born in 1840 in Sussex, the eldest daughter of Rev. William Glaister and Elizabeth Burrill. Her father was a one-time fellow of University College, Oxford, and rector of Beckley, Sussex. She never married. In her thirties, Glaister turned to fiction and wrote a handful of books beginning with the historical novel of the civil war The Markhams of Ollerton (1873) and ending with the intriguing romance Bernard and Marcia: A Story of Middle Age (1888). In addition, she wrote a handbook on needlework and an account of Southwell minster for Cassell. She died in 1892 in Southwell.

References: Boase; British Census (1861, 1871, 1891)

Fiction Titles:

  1. The Markhams of Ollerton: A Tale of the Civil War 1642-1647.  1 vol.  London: Marcus Ward, 1873.
  2. A Constant Woman.  1 vol.  London: Marcus Ward, 1878.
  3. The Perfect Path: A Novel.  2 vol.  London: Smith, Elder, 1884.
  4. Bernard and Marcia: A Story of Middle Age.  3 vol.  London: Hurst and Blackett, 1888.
  5. Two and Two: A Tale of Four.  1 vol.  Bristol: Arrowsmith, 1890.