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Hesba Stretton was a prolific writer, who during the later nineteenth century produced nearly sixty works of fiction for children and adults, several works of non-fiction, and numerous contributions to a variety of different periodicals. Renowned for her bestselling evangelical children's stories, she typically chose to write about social reform in a style that has been described as 'pathetic simplicity'.
27 July 1832 Sarah Smith (later HS) was born in New Street, Wellington, Shropshire. Bibliographic Citation link.
19 March 1859 HS's first publication (under her birth name of Sarah Smith) was the short story "The Lucky Leg" in Charles Dickens's Household Words. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
July 1866 HS's phenomenally bestselling and most beloved work of children's fiction, Jessica's First Prayer, was first published in Sunday at Home. Bibliographic Citation link.
1906 HS (the pseudonym which Sarah Smith had used throughout her writing career and in quotidian life) published an anthology which was her last work, Thoughts on Old Age: Good Words from Many Minds. Bibliographic Citation link.
8 October 1911 HS died at her house, Ivy Croft, in Ham, Surrey, after four years of unidentified illness. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
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