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Mary Louisa Molesworth, writing in the later nineteenth century, was immensely prolific and successful as a writer for children. Of her publications (just over a hundred titles) only a few novels and volumes of stories are for adults, but these deserve to be better known.
29 May 1839 Mary Louisa Stewart (later MLM) was born in Rotterdam (where her Scots parents were then living) into a family which eventually totalled six children. Bibliographic Citation link.
1876 "Carrots": Just a Little Boy, which is only MLM's second book for children, is also one of her most famous. In its first year, it was published under the name 'Ennis Graham'; it appeared under her own name in 1879. Bibliographic Citation link.
1877 The Cuckoo Clock appeared; on balance MLM's best-known children's story, and the last that she published as 'Ennis Graham', it was reprinted with her name in 1882. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 12 October 1911 MLM's final book was the children's fairy-story volume Fairies Afield, with illustrations by Gertrude Demain Hammond. Bibliographic Citation link.  Bibliographic Citation link.
20 January 1921 MLM died at a little past eighty of heart failure, at her flat in Sloane Street in London. Bibliographic Citation link.
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