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Mrs Alexander initially wrote anonymously. Later, not long before her husband died, she adapted his given name, Alexander, and wrote as 'Mrs Alexander'. Bibliographic Citation link. She published over forty-two novels over the second half of the nineteenth century and the early years of the twentieth. Her writing supported herself and her family. Bibliographic Citation link. Her fiction typically centres on "a young girl torn between money, family and love." Bibliographic Citation link. She depicts a harsh world which offers no protection to defenceless females, but in which a woman of intelligence, courage, and energy can usually make her way. Mrs Alexander's heroines emerge from isolation and loss of family to try to achieve love and marriage, which bring with them status and security through the dispensations of "an eventually benevolent providence." Bibliographic Citation link.
23 June 1825 Annie French, who later wrote as 'Mrs Alexander', was born in Dublin. Bibliographic Citation link.
October 1854 The first work to be published by Annie French Hector (later MA) was the anonymous novel Kate Vernon. A Tale (it was years later that she adopted her pseudonym). Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
June 1872 to November 1873 MA's best-known novel, The Wooing O't, titled from a song by Robert Burns, appeared in instalments in Temple Bar; in book form it appeared on 11 September 1873 under her new pseudonym. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
June 1875-August 1876 MA's novel Her Dearest Foe was serialized in Temple Bar: published in volume form in 1876 under her pseudonym, it is among the earliest detective stories (though not the earliest). Bibliographic Citation link.
10 July 1902 MA died at her home, 10 Warrington Gardens in Maida Vale, London. Bibliographic Citation link.
By early February 1904 MA's final novel (posthumously published with a biographical note by Iza Duffus Hardy) was Kitty Costello. Bibliographic Citation link.
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