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Published in the latter half of the nineteenth century, Frances Sarah Hoey's oeuvre included sensation novels, journalism, translations of French and Italian works, and many reviews. She was actively involved in literary circles, and notable both for her early reporting on the Paris Commune and for her regular column in the Australasian. Unfortunately, much modern consideration of her work has tended to be overshadowed by an attribution controversy involving her and Edmund Yates. Critic P. D. Edwards describes her as a "novelist a little cleverer and more serious than the general run," Bibliographic Citation link. although contemporary reviewers of her fiction tended to be less kind.
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14 February 1830 Frances Sarah Johnston (later FSH) was born at Bushy Park, Dublin, one of eight children. Bibliographic Citation link.
1853 FSH began her literary career writing art reviews and articles for the Freeman's Journal and the Nation. Bibliographic Citation link.
July 1908 FSH's contributions to the column "A Lady's Letter from London" for the Australasian, ended only with her death. Bibliographic Citation link.
9 July 1908 FSH died at Beccles in Suffolk. Bibliographic Citation link.
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