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Celia Moss was a short-story writer and poet who began her career as a collaborator with her sister Marion. Her works focus on Jewish culture and spirituality, while querying the early Victorian construction of Jewish women as submissive. She used the popular form of historical romance to mount a critique of anti-semitism (usually safely distanced in place as well as time from contemporary England) and also of gender roles as understood within the contemporary Jewish community. Her characters tend towards the stereotypical and her situations towards the melodramatic, but she writes fast-paced and gripping prose narratives which forcefully deliver her message.
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About 1819 CM was born at Portsea, a waterfront area of Portsmouth in Hampshire (where Charles Dickens had been born a few years before her), the fourth in a family of twelve children. Bibliographic Citation link.
1865 Celia Moss published on her own The King's Physician, and Other Tales, a collection of tales founded on Jewish history. Bibliographic Citation link.
18 December 1873 CM died at 59 Summer Hill, Birmingham, after a long, painful illness. Bibliographic Citation link.
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