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Henrietta Keddie, who wrote under the pen name Sarah Tytler, was a prolific Scottish author who aimed at a predominantly female audience. Over her nearly sixty-year publishing career she produced more than one novel a year, with a total somewhere over 75 but under 100. Her books rarely ran to more than one edition. Writing in the vein of domestic realism, she often employed historical and often Scottish settings. She summed up her own literary output as consisting of "a good many novels, historical and present-day stories for girls, historical sketches . . . [and several lives] of remarkable women." Bibliographic Citation link.
4 March 1827 Henrietta Keddie (who later wrote as ST) was born at Cupar in Fife, Scotland. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
1852 ST's first novel, The Kinnears: A Scottish Story, appeared anonymously in three volumes at London, but not in time for her father (who took a keen interest in her emergence as an author) to see it before his death this year. Bibliographic Citation link.
1884 In contrast to the mostly rural literary depictions of Victorian Scotland, Saint Mungo's City [i.e. Glasgow], published this year by ST, was almost unique as a novel dealing with Scottish industrialization and urban life.  Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
1887 In her best-known novel, Logie Town, ST offers a compassionate fictionalized portrait of everyday life in the Scottish village of Cupar, where she lived for the first forty years of her life. Bibliographic Citation link.
By late October 1911 ST's final publication was a family autobiography entitled Three Generations: The Story of a Middle-Class Scottish Family. Bibliographic Citation link.
6 January 1914 Henrietta Keddie (who wrote as ST) died at her home at 68 Belsize Park Gardens, London. Bibliographic Citation link.
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