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Mary Linskill was a regional novelist, short-story writer, and occasionally a poet, whose fiction is shaped by the Yorkshire port of Whitby: by the place of its abbey in religious history and of its fishing and seafaring during the later nineteenth century, in which she wrote. She also described Whitby in some topographical pieces. What survives of her diary and letters throws some light on what is perhaps (except to her continuing local readership) the most compelling aspect of her career: her prideful, touchy, and desperate struggles to wrest a living from her writing.
13 December 1840 Mary Jane Linskill, the eldest of six surviving children, was born in a small house at Blackburns Yard, Whitby, in North Yorkshire. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
November 1884 ML first reached a wide readership when her second novel, Between the Heather and the Northern Sea, emerged in three-volume form from Bentley, having been serialized in Good Words from January that year. Bibliographic Citation link.
9 April 1891 ML, aged only fifty, died at Spring Vale, near Whitby, of apoplexy. Bibliographic Citation link.
1891 For Pity's Sake, which appeared posthumously, was, says Cordelia Stamp, the last novel that ML wrote—or rather the last she worked at, revising it from an early story. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
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