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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Author: Eleanor Frances Poynter

Author: Eleanor Frances Poynter (1840–1929)

Biography: Eleanor [Emma] Frances Poynter was born in 1840 in London, the daughter of architect Ambrose Poynter and his first wife. Her siblings included translator Clara Bell (1834–1927), painter Sir Edward John Poynter (1836–1919), and author Harrietta May Poynter. The family enjoyed a large circle of artistic and literary figures, and she was friends with J. A. Symonds. Poynter began writing fiction in the 1870s with the novel My Little Lady (1871) and produced several more. In addition, she translated a few French and German works. She never married and died in 1929 a few days short of her ninetieth birthday.

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References: DNB (Clara Bell, Ambrose Poynter, Sir Edward John Poynter); Times (1 January 1930)

Fiction Titles:

  1. My Little Lady.  3 vol.  London: Hurst and Blackett, 1871.
  2. Ersilia.  3 vol.  London: Hurst and Blackett, 1876.
  3. Among the Hills.  2 vol.  London: Hurst and Blackett, 1881.
  4. Madame de Presnel.  2 vol.  London: Hurst and Blackett, 1885.
  5. The Wooing of Catherine, and Other Tales.  2 vol.  London: Hurst and Blackett, 1886.
  6. The Failure of Elisabeth.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1890.
  7. An Exquisite Fool.  1 vol.  London: Osgood, McIlvaine, 1892.