Brown, Susan, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, eds. Marie Corelli entry: Overview screen within Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press Online, 2006. <http://orlando.cambridge.org/>. 25 January 2022.
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Marie Corelli was one of the first authors of the modern 'best seller'. She published thirty-one popular novels, including one, published posthumously, which fictionalizes events from her own life. She also wrote short stories (collected in four volumes). She wrote poetry as a child and published a collection of poems posthumously. Her novels have been seen as blending the conventions of the romance, gothic, historical, and society novels. At the turn of the century, sales of each of her novels were in the range of 175,000 copies; at the end of world war one her fame and sales fell drastically. She was the first woman to lecture before the Royal Society of Literature: "The Signs of the Times" was presented on 20 February 1902.
1 May 1855 Mary Mackay, later MC, was born in London. Bibliographic Citation link.
February 1886 MC published her first novel, A Romance of Two Worlds, in two volumes. Bibliographic Citation link.
21 October 1895 MC published the best-selling book of the nineteenth century, The Sorrows of Satan. Bibliographic Citation link.
By early October 1923 The last novel that MC published during her lifetime was Love—and the Philosopher, A Study in Sentiment. Bibliographic Citation link.
21 April 1924 Between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m., MC died of heart disease at her home in Stratford. Bibliographic Citation link.
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