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B. M. Croker was a sharp-eyed observer of people and places. Her nearly fifty novels (published between 1881 and 1917), and her stories in periodicals and collections, are often set either in her native Ireland or in British India (in the many different regions, including the Andaman Islands and what was later known as Burma or Myanmar, where she accompanied her husband when he was an army officer). Her novels are mostly romances or courtship stories, which have attracted recent critical comment from postcolonial scholars for what they reveal about British attitudes to British rule in India. Meanwhile her ghost stories continue to be actively circulated and consumed.
28 May 1847 Bithia May Sheppard (later BMC) was born in Ireland, the only daughter in her family and the second child. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
By 9 September 1882 BMC published her first, anonymous, novel, Proper Pride, which she had begun writing secretly in 1880 as a distraction from physical discomfort during the hot season in India. Bibliographic Citation link.
20 October 1920 BMC died in London at 30 Dorset Square, after nine years a widow. Bibliographic Citation link.
By mid-March 1921 BMC's The House of Rest (a novel about "a community of cosmopolitan folk in a delightful old-world village") Bibliographic Citation link. was published posthumously. Bibliographic Citation link.
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