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Ethel Lilian Voynich, née Boole, was an Irish-born musician, novelist, translator and revolutionary, publishing in the 1890s and the first half of the twentieth century. She is renowned for her first novel, The Gadfly, though she did not learn of its international success and her worldwide popularity until five years before her death. Her following four novels were unable to rival its success. Music was always her foremost passion—she played the piano, wrote compositions, and taught both performing and composing.
11 May 1864 Ethel Lilian Boole, the future ELV, was born at Lichfield Cottage in Ballintemple, Ireland. She was the youngest of five daughters. Bibliographic Citation link.
June 1897 ELV published her first and most successful novel, The Gadfly, whose central character she later pursued further in An Interrupted Friendship, 1910, and Put Off Thy Shoes, 1945. Bibliographic Citation link.
After July 1945 Ending her hiatus in publishing fiction, ELV issued her final novel, Put Off Thy Shoes, which completed her trilogy that began with The Gadfly in 1897. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
27 July 1960 At the age of ninety-six, ELV died in New York City of pneumonia. Bibliographic Citation link.
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