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Flora Macdonald Mayor tried her hand at drama and short fiction but is chiefly remembered for her four novels, published between 1901 and 1929. Hailed as an incisive, perceptive reporter of contemporary women's lives during her lifetime, rediscovered during the 1980s, she has now slipped somewhat out of sight again.
20 October 1872 Flora Macdonald Mayor was born in Montpelier Row at Twickenham in Middlesex, England, as a younger twin sister to Alice Mayor. Bibliographic Citation link.
September 1901 At the age of twenty-eight, FMM published her debut novel, Mrs. Hammond's Children, under the pseudonym 'Mary Strafford', the stage name she had used as an actress. Bibliographic Citation link.
Early 1913 FMM published her novel The Third Miss Symons, her first major success, after twelve years of mostly fruitless attempts at writing amid housekeeping for her brother and looking after her parents. Bibliographic Citation link.
28 January 1932 FMM died of "pneumonia complicated by influenza" at 7 East Heath Road, Hampstead, London. Bibliographic Citation link.
By late July 1935 A volume of FMM's short stories was published posthumously. The Room Opposite, and Other Tales of Mystery and Imagination contains sixteen stories. Bibliographic Citation link.
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