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Mary Anne Duffus Hardy published, during the latter part of the nineteenth century, fourteen novels, a book of patriotic poetry, two travel books about the USA, and various works in periodicals. Among her novels, predictable romance is balanced with elements of the sensation novel, and some attention (not, however, particularly daring or original) to gender issues such as seduction.
19 February 1824 Mary Anne MacDowell, later MADH, was born in Fitzroy Square, London, "when that part of town was in its zenith, and was a favourite locality for great artists." Bibliographic Citation link. She was an only child. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 3 December 1853 MADH issued her first novel, Savile House: An Historical Romance of the Time of George the First, in two volumes under the name 'Addlestone Hill' (a coded reference to her home at Addlestone in Surrey). Bibliographic Citation link.
19 May 1891 MADH died at 124 Portsdown Road (the address of the flat in Portsdown Mansions), Maida Vale, London. Bibliographic Citation link.
By the end of 1893 Mary Anne Duffus Hardy's final novel, A Buried Sin, appeared posthumously, with the next year's date on its title-page. Bibliographic Citation link.
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