Menella Bute Smedley entry: Overview screen.
By 14 November 1820
MBS was born in Wandsworth
, South London, the last but one of five children, of whom four lived to grow up.
By May 1849
At not yet thirty MBS, as 'S. M.', published her first short novel, initially in Sharpe's London Magazine
and then in a volume, The Maiden Aunt