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Ménie Muriel Dowie, largely forgotten travel and adventure writer, essayist and new woman novelist, stormed into the literary scene of the 1890s with her enormously popular first book, A Girl in the Karpathians, which describes her solitary journey through easternEurope. By then she was a published poet, essayist, and writer of short stories, and had earned accolades for her speeches. During the last decade of the nineteenth century and the first few years of the twentieth, she wrote across a variety of genres, becoming both a columnist and editor, and continuing to publish short stories, most notably in The Yellow Book, before her abrupt departure from the literary scene in 1903. Her characteristic tone is ironic, satirical, and often playfully ambiguous.
15 July 1866 Mary Muriel Dowie (who was known all her life by her familiar name, Ménie) was born at 7 Dingle Hill, Toxteth Park, Liverpool, the fourth of five children. Bibliographic Citation link.
7 December 1889 MMD's first known publication under her own name appeared in Chambers's Journal: a three-stanza poem entitled, from its form, "Rondel". Bibliographic Citation link.
7 May 1891 MMD 's bright and lively travel account entitled A Girl in the Karpathians appeared to critical and popular acclaim. Bibliographic Citation link.
20 February 1895 MMD's 'New Woman' novel Gallia appeared in print. It became (according to her Times obituary) one of her best known works. Bibliographic Citation link.
July 1903 MMD's last known publication, a short poem entitled "The Thrall Song", appeared in the Pall Mall Magazine. Bibliographic Citation link.
25 March 1945 MMD died at Tucson, Arizona, about four years after she had emigrated, and nearly two years after the death of her son. Bibliographic Citation link.
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