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While still an adolescent Jane Loudon published tales and verse; next, in 1827, came a highly unusual science-fiction horror novel. After marrying a horticulturalist she participated in his writing career with work on his gardening magazine and his accounts of travelling in search of gardens to explore and assess. She also pursued her own related line with improving stories about a child naturalist, and with a flow of works, 1839-55, designed to encourage and inform women gardeners. Several of her titles are sufficiently like each other to be confusing, including her best-known, Gardening for Ladies, and a series of books about different kinds of plants, which are distinguished only by subtitle.
19 August 1800 Jane Webb (later JL) was born at Kitwell House, near Halesowen (which was then a town in Worcestershire, but is now a part of Birmingham) She was her parents' only surviving child. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
22 January 1824 Jane Webb (later JL) dated her publication at Birmingham, with her name, of her first book: Prose and Verse, This was a project for earning some money. Bibliographic Citation link.
1827 Jane Webb (later JL) chose anonymous publication for her only novel, The Mummy! A Tale of the Twenty-Second Century, a melodramatic, futuristic fantasy in the newly popular mode which is now called science fiction. Bibliographic Citation link.
By mid June 1840 In response to the financial crisis caused by her husband's scholarly, definitive Arboretum et Fruticetum Britannicum, JL published a book which became her best-known work, Instructions in Gardening for Ladies. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
By mid-April 1855 The last book that JL published was My Own Garden, or, The Young Gardener's Year Book. Bibliographic Citation link.
13 July 1858 JL died at her home, 3 Porchester Terrace, London, of heart disease. Bibliographic Citation link.
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