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Catherine Maria Grey was a popular silver-fork novelist, most commonly known as 'Mrs. Grey' to her readers. Her works are often misattributed to her daughter Anna Maria Grey, or to the unrelated Maria Georgina Grey (1816-1906). What's more, Catherine Maria Grey's work has been even more confusingly ascribed to a completely fabricated 'Mrs. Grey' since at least the 1920s, when independent scholar Andrew de Ternant invented her life and bibliography in a letter to Notes and Queries, identifying 'Mrs Grey' as one 'Elizabeth Caroline Grey', née Duncan. Elizabeth Caroline Grey is now considered to be non-existent as such, apparently a mix of Catherine Maria Grey, Maria Grey (1816-1906), and James Malcolm Rymer (1814-84). Patrick Spedding assigns to her twenty-one novels published between 1831 and 1864, plus a handful which she 'edited' or may have been concerned with. Bibliographic Citation link. Helen Smith urges scholars to pay some attention to the actual novelist who was buried under misinformation: "it is certainly time to give Catherine Maria Grey due recognition." Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
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1798 Catherine Maria Grindall (later Grey) was born at Calcutta in India. Bibliographic Citation link.
1831 CMG's Alice Seymour: A Tale, a single-volume, didactic silver fork novel published as 'Mrs Grey' and aimed at younger readers, marked the beginning of her writing career. Bibliographic Citation link.
By November 1844 The Gambler's Wife. A Novel, a popular silver fork novel by 'the author of The Young Prima Donna, The Belle of the Familly, The Old Dower House, &c.', who (we now know) is CMG, was issued by Thomas Newby in a typical triple-decker form, probably selling for a guinea and a half. Bibliographic Citation link.
By late 1864 Last of CMG's twenty-one authentic novels was Lion-Hearted, published in two volumes by Sampson Low. Bibliographic Citation link.
19 February 1870 CMG died at the age of seventy-two in Cheltenham; the cause of her death remains unknown. Bibliographic Citation link.
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