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Charlotte Riddell was a prolific professional novelist and story writer during the latter half of the nineteenth century. She published forty novels, plus tales (in journals, annuals, and her own collections), two travel books, and essays in periodicals. She was best-known in her own day for her domestic novels, sensation novels, and local and mystery novels. She has become more prominent in recent times for her highly-regarded ghost stories. She is unusual both in her depictions of the male-only business and financial aspects of London life, and in choosing lyrical country settings from the immediate area of London, both to the north-east and the south-west.
30 September 1832 Charlotte Elizabeth Lawson Cowan (later CR) was born at The Barnin Carrickfergus, County Antrim, in the 'blacknorth' of Ireland (as she later called it), the youngest daughter in her family. Bibliographic Citation link.
1864 CR again used the pseudonym 'F. G. Trafford' for her successful George Geith of Fen Court, A Novel, although with yet another different publisher. Bibliographic Citation link.
6 August 1877 Wybert Reeve's dramatisation of CR's George Geith was produced at the Theatre Royal at the holiday resort of Scarborough, with Reeve in the title role. Bibliographic Citation link.
1900 CR's final publication was a full-length novel, The Footfall of Fate, set around Chertsey in Surrey. Bibliographic Citation link.
24 September 1906 CR died in her seventies, of her "terrible and painful" breast cancer, Bibliographic Citation link. at Hounslow in Middlesex. It was her forty-ninth wedding anniversary. Bibliographic Citation link.
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