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Writing in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, Lady Mary Walker was a didactic novelist who cared for social issues and for personal morality, privileging the discussion of such issues and the communication of information over narrative or plot. The extent of her publication is unclear: three extant novels in English, one in French, and another in English which seems not to survive, plus an alleged pamphlet. Her views are conservative and very cautiously 'feminist'. She admires learning in women and wishes more of them to pursue it, but she endorses the absolute rights of fathers to their children's obedience. Although she strongly paints the unjust suffering inflicted on women in unhappy marriages, she does not advocate resistance.
8 May 1736 Lady Mary Leslie (later LMW) was born at Melville House near Cupar in Fife; she was the youngest daughter out of seven children. Bibliographic Citation link.
By March 1776 Calling herself 'a Lady', LMW published her first identified novel, Letters from the Duchess de Crui and Others. Bibliographic Citation link.
By April 1778 LMW published her best-known work, Munster Village, A Novel, a utopian, part-epistolary, didactic work. Bibliographic Citation link.
1810 LM, as 'Lady Mary Hamilton', published the novel in French with which Charles Nodier had been assisting her: La famille du duc de Popoli. Bibliographic Citation link.
About February 1821 Lady Mary Hamilton (formerly LMW) died at Exeter. Her will was proved in July 1822. Bibliographic Citation link.
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