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Daisy Ashford was an avid writer as a child. She became famous when she rediscovered a novella she wrote at the age of nine, The Young Visiters, and it was published with a preface by J. M. Barrie, nearly thirty years later. She later published other juvenilia, mainly short stories, under her childhood name (though by then she was married), but did not pursue a career in writing as an adult.
7 April 1881 Margaret Mary Julia Ashford (who wrote as DA) was born at Elm Lodge in Petersham, Surrey, a house once inhabited by Dickens and now the home of her paternal grandmother and her aunt Julia Ashford. Bibliographic Citation link.
After 7 April 1890 Nine-year-old Daisy Ashford wrote out in her own handwriting the story which, when printed in 1919, made her a household name as a child author: The Young Visiters, or, Mr. Salteena's Plan. Bibliographic Citation link.
Spring or later 1917 After her mother's death, DA came across a box of old papers and childhood memorabilia and rediscovered her juvenile stories, including The Young Visiters. She had written this in a little red notebook, which she had tucked away in a kitchen drawer for safekeeping. Bibliographic Citation link.
22 May 1919 DA's juvenile novella The Young Visiters (written in 1890, when she was just nine years old) was published by Chatto and Windus in London, with a preface by J. M. Barrie (author of Peter Pan). Bibliographic Citation link.
15 January 1972 Margaret Mary Devlin, who as a child had written as DA, died at Norwich. She had lived to be ninety years old. Bibliographic Citation link.
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