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A prolific mid-Victorian professional writer of poetry, fiction, essays, and travel writing, Dinah Mulock Craik published twenty novels whose commitment to Christian ideals of self-sacrifice and Victorian middle-class values joins with trenchant feminist critique and narrative innovation. John Halifax, Gentleman, portrait of a self-made industrialist, is less representative than her novels about the ongoing practical and psychological challenges facing women in difficult circumstances. Dinah Mulock Craik's strong delineation of character and relationships, tendency to write beyond the marriage ending, and treatments of race and ethnicity all repay consideration. Some of her children's stories remain in circulation today. As an essayist, she produced forthright yet witty advice directed at improving women's lot. Her work has fallen into obscurity, although she was one of the most widely read authors of her time.
20 April 1826 Dinah Mulock (later DMC) was born at Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire. Bibliographic Citation link.
1841 Dinah Mulock's "Verses" on the birth of the Princess Royal appeared in the Staffordshire Advertiser, under the intials 'D. M. M.'. Bibliographic Citation link.
1847 Stories by Dinah Mulock, later DMC, appeared in the Dublin University Magazine, in addition to Chambers's Edinburgh Journal. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 14 December 1850 DMC, then Dinah Mulock, published her second three-volume novel, Olive, as 'the author of the Ogilvies'. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
By 25 December 1852 Dinah Mulock's A Hero appeared with the date of 1853 on its title-page; it exemplifies masculine virtues through short stories treating everyday events in the lives of boys. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 26 April 1856 Dinah Mulock, as 'the author of the Head of the Family, Olive, etc', published her best-known novel, John Halifax, Gentleman, in three volumes. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 9 September 1871 DMC published Little Sunshine's Holiday (a children's story) and the supposedly edited (really original) diary of a girl in her teens, Twenty Years Ago. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 26 June 1886 DMC published the novella King Arthur: Not a Love Story, which promoted adoption; it was her last major publication. Bibliographic Citation link.
12 October 1887 DMC died of heart failure while preparing for her daughter's wedding. Bibliographic Citation link.
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