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Eliza Meteyard, who used the pseudonym 'Silverpen', was a self-supporting early Victorian writer who published prolifically in a wide range of periodicals, particularly those aimed at the lower-middle and working classes, in addition to writing three novels for adults and a number of more successful stories for children. Her work suffered from the pressure to earn, but her journalism in particular is nevertheless powerful in its treatment of the economic and social ills of women. Eliza Meteyard is best remembered now for her standard biography of the industrial potter and captain of industry Josiah Wedgwood. Some of her work was never published. Bibliographic Citation link.
21 June 1816 EM was born in Lime Street, Liverpool, the only girl in a family of six children. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
Around 1846 EM gained her pen name of 'Silverpen' when Douglas Jerrold appended it to a leading article she contributed to his Weekly Newspaper. Bibliographic Citation link.
4 April 1879 EM died at South Lambeth (then reckoned to be in Surrey rather than part of London). Bibliographic Citation link.
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