4 March 1836
Matilda Barbara Edwards (later MBE) was born at Westerfield Hall
, near Ipswich
, the fourth daughter among six brothers and sisters.
MBE published The White House by the Sea, A Love Story
, "in two handsome volumes," as she later put it herself.
By 6 March 1869
MBE published her romantic novel Kitty
, which Helen C. Black
ranked as her most popular.
Two works by MBE appeared posthumously: the translated anthology French Fireside Poetry
, edited by Bernard Miall, and Mid-Victorian Memories
, with a biographical sketch by Sarah Grand