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Writing under her pseudonym of Violet Fane, Mary Montgomerie Singleton (later Mary Montgomerie Currie) produced during the later nineteenth and very early twentieth century five collections of poetry, a verse novel, a drama, three prose novels, a volume of essays and stories, and a translation, as well as numerous periodical publications. Her poems were collected twice in her lifetime. Her several years living abroad, in or near Constantinople and Rome, influenced her later works. She was also known for her satirical writings, many poking fun at the British upper class (of which she was a member) or at her own love life.
24 February 1843 Mary Montgomerie Lamb (who later wrote poetry as VF) was born at Littlehampton in Sussex, the eldest of four children. Bibliographic Citation link.
1872 Mary Montgomerie Singleton published a volume of poems, From Dawn to Noon. She used the pseudonym 'Violet Fane', supposedly to avoid parental disapproval. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
By 31 July 1875 VF published her verse novel Denzil Place. Bibliographic Citation link.
October 1904 A year before her death VF placed another essay in the Nineteenth Century: "Are Remarkable People Remarkable-Looking? (An Extravaganza)", also signed with her married name. Bibliographic Citation link.
13 October 1905 VF (Mary Montgomerie, Lady Currie) died at the age of sixty-two of heart failure at the Grand Hotel in the spa town of Harrogate. Bibliographic Citation link.
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