Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Meeke, Elizabeth
Birth Name: Elizabeth Allen
Married Name: Elizabeth Meeke
Indexed Name: Mrs Meeke
Indexed Name: Mrs Meek
Self-constructed Name: Mrs Bruce
Pseudonym: The Author of The Mysterious Wife
Pseudonym: The Author of The Sicilian
, who was not correctly identified until 2013, was unusually prolific among novelists (twenty-six titles), children's writers, and translators of the Romantic period. (She also compiled an anthology for children.) She issued through the Minerva Press
an output of fiction which exceeds that of any other novelist of the time except Sir Walter Scott
and Barbara Hofland
Garside, Peter. “The English Novel in the Romantic Era: Consolidation and Dispersal”. The English Novel 1770-1829, edited by Peter Garside, James Raven, and Rainer Schöwerling, Oxford University Press, 2000, pp. 2: 15 - 103.
She used her own name, a regular pseudonym, and occasional anonymity. She is shameless in her use of improbable plot twists, but highly intelligent in authorial comments.
's three step-siblings the youngest, Elizabeth Allen (later Meeke)
, repeatedly brought scandal on her family. Frances expressed dismay and revulsion when Elizabeth left her husband to go off with another man. She...
Family and Intimate relationships
Sarah Harriet Burney
Her very obscure half-sister Elizabeth
, who horrified her family by leaving her highly unsuitable husband (married at fifteen) for a life of non-respectability, has now been identified as the popular and highly prolific novelist...
Intertextuality and Influence
While the literature curriculum at AB
's own school seems to have featured all or almost all male writers, her works replicate many favourite motifs from women-authored adult fiction of a century before her. In...
completed this unfinished work after his wife died. Like her previous translation, it was described on its title-page as Attempted from the German.
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It went through a large number of editions. In 1821...
She quoted Pindar
in Greek on the title page, and dedicated the work in a full-page inscription to John Parkhurst
of Epsom, author of a Hebrew lexicon,
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
as a small testament to his merit, and...
used her name (Mrs. Burke) on the title-page of her last known work, The Secret of the Cavern, A Novel, published at the Minerva Press
An advertisement for a different...
Several sources, both early nineteenth-century and late twentieth-century, attribute this novel to Mrs [Elizabeth] Meeke
, even though the publisher, place of publication, and title-page mention of previous works all firmly tie it to EP
French novelist Sophie de Cottin
published the first of her five highly popular novels, Claire d'Albe.