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Between 1838 and 1859, Catherine Crowe produced five novels, two plays, a number of short stories (including ghost stories), a translation and several children's tales. Bibliographic Citation link. She was a pioneer of domestic realism who combined treatment of the "unseen and supernatural", Bibliographic Citation link. with acute observation of the details of life. Bibliographic Citation link. Her fiction contains acerbic commentary on the status of middle-class women, and refuses to dispose of its heroines according to convention.
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20 September 1790 Catherine Stevens (later CC) was born at Borough Green in Kent. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
1838 CC anonymously published her first work, the historical Aristodemus, a Tragedy. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 30 January 1841 CC published her first novel, Adventures of Susan Hopley; or, Circumstantial Evidence, which remained her most successful work of fiction. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
By 22 January 1848 CC published the collection for which she is now best known, The Night Side of Nature; or, Ghosts and Ghost Seers, in two volumes. Bibliographic Citation link.
1871 CC 's final story, "The Lost Portrait", appeared in Leitch Ritchie's The Midnight Journey and Other Tales. Bibliographic Citation link.
14 June 1872 CC died of what was called a "natural decay" Bibliographic Citation link. at 22 Upper Sandgate Road, Folkestone, where she had moved only the year before. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
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