West Riding of Yorkshire
and many are historical as well as regional, focussing on the textile trade and the effects of industrialization in that region. A realist with a strong sense of historical process, she sought to write novels which should present life exactly at [sic] it really was, and by so doing help to better the world.
She was deeply influenced by the
s, and wrote several literary studies of the history of Haworth and the
, as well as of the regional novel and of narrative form.
was a prolific and successful novelist, literary critic, short-story writer, children's writer, and journalist, who was productive over a broad span of the twentieth century. Almost all her twenty-eight novels and numerous short stories are set in her native