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Matilda Hays was a novelist, translator of George Sand, editor, and contributor to periodicals. Her work spanned many genres and a variety of topics related to women's work and opportunities. One of her two novels contains semi-autobiographical treatment of her passionate relationship with Charlotte Cushman. An outspoken proponent of mid-Victorian feminism, she is best remembered for her connection to other prominent women, including Cushman, Harriet Hosmer, and Adelaide Procter.
8 September 1820 MH was born in London. Bibliographic Citation link.
Around 1838 By the age of eighteen, MH was contributing to periodicals, frequently on women's issues. Bibliographic Citation link.
1846 MH's first novel, the proto-feminist kunstlerroman Helen Stanley, appeared. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 22 May 1847 A multi-volume series titled The Works of George Sand appeared, edited by MH and translated by both her and Eliza Ashurst; this first series of English translations of Sand's novels ended in December this year after publishing only six volumes. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 30 December 1865 MH's semi-autobiographical novel, Adrienne Hope: The Story of a Life, was published by T. Cautley Newby with a date of 1866. Bibliographic Citation link.
3 July 1897 MH died in Liverpool, after a final three decades of which very little is known. Bibliographic Citation link.
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