Isabella Banks

Standard Name: Banks, Isabella
Birth Name: Isabella Varley
Married Name: Isabella Banks
Used Form: Mrs G. Linnaeus Banks
IB was a prolific author first of poetry, then of journalism, and later of many novels. She was well-known as a regional novelist, setting many of her books in early nineteenth-century Manchester and the north of England. Her novels and poetry exhibit several instances of an overall belief in the march of progress, with strong messages about how England has advanced during the Victorian period, along with exhortations to the working class to improve their lot through hard work and duty.
Black and white, head-and-shoulders photograph of Isabella Banks by Done and Ball of London. She has her head slightly tilted under a hat with frill edges and bows for ornament, with a large one under her chin holding it on. She has grey hair and thin wire-framed glasses.
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