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Amelia B. Edwards sustained a moderately successful authorial career, beginning in the mid-nineteenth century when she made the choice of writing as a profession—something she needed in order to earn a living. She was a periodical contributor (of stories, articles, and reviews of books and of art) and novelist, who also produced biography, translation, songs, anthologies, and travel literature. Her twenty or so novels were popular: their characters and situations are drawn with a broad brush and reflect in slightly cruder form the more fruitful innovations of the most original novelists of her day. She is best remembered, however, for her work in Egyptology. Her books on Egyptian subjects overlap on one side with her travel writing and on the other with her lecturing; she is still regarded as a founder of the discipline.
30 June 1831 ABE was born in or near Colebrook Row, Islington, London, the only child in her family. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
Before 26 September 1880 ABE published her final and probably her most popular novel, Lord Brackenbury, set in the English countryside, with illustrations based on her own water-colour sketches. Bibliographic Citation link.
March 1892 The text of ABE's lectures given in the USA appeared under the title (not her own choice) Pharaohs, Fellahs and Explorers; the title-page says 1891. Bibliographic Citation link.
15 April 1892 ABE died from influenza at 31 Royal Terrace, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. Bibliographic Citation link.
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