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Ruby M. Ayres, called by the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography "one of the most popular and prolific romantic novelists of the twentieth century," Bibliographic Citation link. began publishing shortly before the second world war and produced about a hundred and fifty titles. She was also a journalist and short-story writer. Her novels are said to have sold more than eight million copies. She regularly wrote from 15,000 to 20,000 words a day. Bibliographic Citation link.
28 January 1881 Ruby Mildred Ayres was born at Gresham Villa, St John's Road, Watford in Hertfordshire, the third daughter in her family. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
By September 1915 Four years after her first novel, RMA issued the first of her nearly 140 titles published in a highly successful working relationship with Hodder and Stoughton, Richard Chatterton, V.C.. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
October 1953 Forty-one years after the appearance of her first novel, RMA issued her last, Love Without Wings. Dark Gentleman had appeared by the end of May in the same year. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
14 November 1955 Ruth Mildred Pocock (who wrote as RMA) died of pneumonia and a cerebral haemorrhage at a nursing home, Lulworth House in Ellesmere Road, Weybridge, after long illness. Bibliographic Citation link.
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