Catherine Gore wrote during the earlier nineteenth century, for needed cash to help support her family. Her publications over more than three decades totalled above 70 titles running to 200 volumes: poetry, plays (though not all her eleven plays performed on the London stage were published), tales, and more particularly novels. She also edited a gift book and contributed articles to magazines. Many of her novel titles flag their particular interest for women readers. Many have European (often historical) settings. Those set in London show sharp awareness of its social stratification, the gulf between fashionable and non-fashionable addresses or accessories, the careless arrogance of those at the top, the snobbish, humiliating struggle of those not quite at the top. Many dramatise the conflict between old and new money, in which the central female figure serves as object of symbolic exchange, as 'trophy wife'. A leading 'silver-fork' novelist, Catherine Gore kept up her attention to issues of class after the silver-fork moment ended.
By 1800 Catherine Moody (later CG), the youngest of four children, was born, probably in London (though many sources printed after her death say her birthplace was East Retford in Nottinghamshire).
By July 1841 CG anonymously published one of her most successful novels, Cecil; or, The Adventures of a Coxcomb.
By early June 1858 CG published her final work, Heckington: A Novel.