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Writing for a brief period at the turn of the twentieth century, the pseudonymous John Oliver Hobbes (whose actual married name was John Oliver Hobbes) was the author of over a dozen novellas, novels, and several plays, as well as essays on art and colonial India, and letters published after her death. Having made her mark as the author of 'epigrammatic' works during the fin de si├Ęcle (a label she never really shook), she inquired in her later works into the place of religion in contemporary life, as well as retaining an interest, often satirical, in London society life. She is seen as an important Catholic novelist.
3 November 1867 Pearl Richards (later the writer John Oliver Hobbes), was born at Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA. Bibliographic Citation link.
By late 1877 Pearl Richards (later JOH) began her literary career at the age of nine by publishing under her own name two stories, "Lost, a Dog" and "How Mark Selby Won His Public House", both in The Fountain. Bibliographic Citation link.
July 1891 JOH published her first novella (alternatively sometimes called a short novel), Some Emotions and a Moral, with T. Fisher Unwin. Bibliographic Citation link.
November 1897 JOH published The School For Saints: Part of the History of the Right Honourable Robert Orange, M. P., a historical bildungsroman which was her most ambitious novel to date. Bibliographic Citation link.
13 August 1906 JOH was found dead of heart failure at her home at 56 Lancaster Gate, London. Bibliographic Citation link.
By October 1906 The Dream and the Business, the last novel by JOH (who died this August), was published in London by T. Fisher Unwin. Bibliographic Citation link.
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