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Marjorie Bowen was an extraordinarily prolific popular writer, producing over 150 books during her life-long writing career, which ran to the mid twentieth century. Her generic repertoire was also large, and included children's books, biographies, short stories, critical studies, and novels dealing with romance, the supernatural, and history. In her autobiography, she describes herself thus: "A woman who earned her living by writing fiction—with occasional essays in that kind of history deplored by historians." Bibliographic Citation link.
1 November 1885 Gabrielle Margaret Vere Campbell (who later wrote as MB) was born in a cottage on Hayling Island, Hampshire. Her "birth hour was between the days of All Saints and All Souls," Bibliographic Citation link. as she writes in her autobiography. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
By 31 August 1906 MB's first novel, The Viper of Milan: A Romance of Lombardy, written in her teens, finally appeared in print after being rejected by eleven publishers; it became one of her best-known works. Bibliographic Citation link.
22 December 1952 MB died, after suffering a serious concussion from a fall in her bedroom. Bibliographic Citation link.
25 January 1954 MB's only novel published posthumously, The Man with the Scales, relates the story, with supernatural elements, of a man who becomes obsessed with revenge. Bibliographic Citation link.
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