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During a career that spanned nearly fifty years from 1889, Marie Belloc Lowndes published journalism, biography, a guidebook, history for children, novels (mostly romances or thrillers), a book about actual crimes, and four late volumes of autobiography. Her books of crime and detection were her most successful. Her list of titles numbers more than seventy.
5 August 1868 MBL, the elder of two children, was born at 11 George Street, Marylebone, in lodgings, since her mother had returned from France for the birth but her grandmother did not want it to take place in her house.  Bibliographic Citation link.
1913 MBL scored a slowly registering hit with The Lodger, coolly received at first but later the best-known of her novels, which is set in 1880s London and relates a mystery not unlike that of the notorious Jack the Ripper. Bibliographic Citation link.
14 November 1947 MBL died of stomach cancer at her home of her daughter Lady Iddesleigh, Parfetts House at Eversley Cross in Hampshire, having received the last sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church. Bibliographic Citation link.
1956 MBL's book about her brother's early years, The Young Hilaire Belloc, appeared posthumously in the USA (edited by her daughter Elizabeth Iddesleigh). It was never published in England. Bibliographic Citation link.
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