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Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington wrote non-fiction, poetry, and novels, many of them in the silver-fork category. Although she was a popular novelist in her day, well reviewed and respected by a number of other writers, her account of her conversations with Byron remains the work for which she is remembered. Other works combine memoir with travel writing. In accounts of the literary milieu she is remembered for her editorship of annuals in the 1830s and 1840s and as a brilliant literary hostess.
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1 September 1789 Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington, was born Margaret Power in Knockbrit, near Clonmel in Tipperary. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
2 March 1822 One of four parts of Marguerite Blessington's first publication, The Magic Lantern; or, Sketches of Scenes in the Metropolis, appeared anonymously in the Literary Gazette. Bibliographic Citation link.
Spring 1831 Marguerite Blessington's financial difficulties propelled her into incessant activity as an editor of and contributor to magazines and annuals. Bibliographic Citation link.
July 1832-December 1833 "A Journal of the Conversations of Lord Byron with the Countess of Blessington" appeared in the New Monthly Magazine. Bibliographic Citation link.
February 1834 Conversations of Lord Byron with the Countess of Blessington appeared in volume form. Bibliographic Citation link.
4 June 1849 Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington, died of heart disease in Paris, where she had lived for only a couple of months. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 5 January 1850 Marguerite, Countess of Blessington's Country Quarters. A Novel was published posthumously with a memoir of the author by her niece M. A. Power. Bibliographic Citation link.
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