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Matilda Charlotte Houstoun produced, and had moderate success with, close to thirty novels, three travel narratives, a biography, several volumes of autobiographical writings, and a short story. She also did some writing for periodicals. Her later writings include strong social protest over the way that women are treated in the criminal courts and in prison. Stylistically, Houstoun is mostly remembered for the anecdotal style that marked her personal narratives.
16 August 1811 Matilda Charlotte Jesse (later the novelist and travel writer MCH) was christened at All Saints, West Bromwich, Staffordshire; her date of birth was likely shortly before this date. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
By 5 September 1862 MCH published her first novel, "Recommended to Mercy", anonymously; this treatment of unconventional morality was mentioned frequently on the title-pages of her later novels. Bibliographic Citation link.
1891 MCH went on writing until close to her death. Her final novel, The Way She Won Him, was preceded by A Cruel Wrong in the previous year. Bibliographic Citation link.
By June 1892 MCH died in her home at 16 Gloucester Street, Pimlico; at the time of her death she had entirely lost the use of her legs. Bibliographic Citation link.
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