Ellen Mathews (who later wrote as HM, then aged, it now seems, about eighteen) sent her first poem, The Token of the Silver Lily
, to a family friend who knew Dante Gabriel Rossetti
By 3 July 1875
The young Ellen Mathews (who later called herself HM) anonymously published her best-selling novel or romance Comin' Thro' the Rye
in three volumes.
HM brought out her final collection of short fiction, Man is Fire: Woman is Tow, and Other Stories
, three years after she had publicly announced the end of her authorial career.
11 March 1920
HM died at the age of sixty-seven, almost penniless, at 26 Callcott Road
, London (the home of a friend).