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Elizabeth Sewell was well-known during the mid nineteenth century as a novelist, travel writer, historian, author of devotional and educational works, and children's writer. Her novels challenged the idea that romance leading to marriage was the sole purpose of Victorian women's lives, and realistically portrayed the active and meaningful lives of single women. In her educational works she argued for improvements to women's education. Although her novels were widely read during her lifetime, especially by young women, they are now mostly forgotten.
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19 February 1815 ES was born in High Street, Newport, Isle of Wight. Bibliographic Citation link.
1853 ES published her highly autobiographical and popular novel, The Experience of Life, again identifying herself only as the author of her first novel. Bibliographic Citation link.
17 August 1906 ES died in her nineties at Bonchurch in the Isle of Wight, having outlived all of her siblings. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 10 October 1907 A year after her death, The Autobiography of Elizabeth M. Sewell was published, edited by her niece Eleanor L. Sewell. Bibliographic Citation link.
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