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Novelist and travel writer Maria Theresa Longworth began her writing career following the findings of the infamous 'Yelverton Marriage Case', which left her without fortune because of legal expenses, and without a husband because of the final verdict. Writing, therefore, to support herself during the 1860s and 1870s, she produced two novels, a volume of correspondence, several shorter pieces of travel writing, and two lengthy travel narratives. Though her writing career was never particularly successful, it nevertheless afforded her independence and autonomy after her difficult and tumultuous marriage.
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1833 MTL was born at Cheetwood near Manchester. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
By September 1861 MTL published the first part of her thinly-disguised autobiographical novel, Martyrs to Circumstance, giving her name as 'the Honourable Mrs. Yelverton'; the second volume followed later that year. Bibliographic Citation link.
15 January 1881 The first gossip-column article penned by 'Kate the Critic' (a new pseudonym for MTL) appeared in the Natal Witness. Bibliographic Citation link.
13 September 1881 MTL ('Lady Avonmore') died at her home in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Bibliographic Citation link.
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