Marie Belloc Lowndes

Standard Name: Lowndes, Marie Belloc
Birth Name: Marie Adelaide Elizabeth Renée Julia Belloc
Nickname: Mary
Married Name: Marie Adelaide Elizabeth Renée Julia Lowndes
Indexed Name: Mrs Belloc Lowndes
Pseudonym: Philip Curtin
Pseudonym: Elizabeth Rayner
During a career that spanned nearly fifty years from 1889, MBL published journalism, biography, a guidebook, history for children, novels (mostly romances or thrillers), a book about actual crimes, and four late volumes of autobiography. Her books of crime and detection were her most successful. Her list of titles numbers more than seventy.
Photograph of the cover of "The Chink in the Armour" by Marie Belloc Lowndes, 1912. It is orange with black lettering ("Mrs. Belloc Lowndes"), and a large background circle of little red balls or beads.
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death Stella Benson
When Woolf heard of her death she wrote in her diary of her sense of loss. And now, so quickly, it is gone, what might have been a friendship. Trusty & patient & very sincere—I...
Family and Intimate relationships Matilda Hays
Marie Belloc Lowndes , daughter of Bessie Rayner Parkes , recalled MH as a tall, handsome woman with a strongly featured face, very clever, and with a great deal of charm, particularly for other women...
Family and Intimate relationships Bessie Rayner Parkes
Around this period in her life, BRP ended a relationship with a suitor, her cousin Samuel Blackwell , who had persisted in seeking her hand in marriage for more than ten years. Her daughter classifies...
Family and Intimate relationships John Oliver Hobbes
JOH had a number of intimate relationships with men, including Lord Robert Crewe and George Nathaniel Curzon , whose name was linked with hers before his marriage in 1895, and again in the very few...
Family and Intimate relationships Bessie Rayner Parkes
Her daughter grew up to become the novelist Marie Belloc Lowndes .
Banks, Olive. The Biographical Dictionary of British Feminists. New York University Press, 1985.
She was born in 1868 and was christened Marie Adelaide Julie Elizabeth Renée Belloc (known in the family as Mary).
Thesing, William B., editor. Dictionary of Literary Biography 240. Gale Research, 2001.
240: 189
Lowndes, Marie Belloc. I, Too, Have Lived in Arcadia. Macmillan, 1941.
Family and Intimate relationships Violet Hunt
Elsie Ford dropped her suit against the Daily Mirror when it paid her £350 in damages and published an apology.
Belford, Barbara. Violet. Simon and Schuster, 1990.
But despite the fact that Ford was never legally divorced or remarried, he and...
Family and Intimate relationships Julia Frankau
JF 's younger sister Eliza, later Aria , also became a writer; more than Julia, she needed to support herself. She was a journalist, brilliant and witty, the founder of the school of gay flippant...
Family and Intimate relationships Elizabeth von Arnim
This marriage produced in all five children: the first three, all girls, were born within the first three years. According to Marie Belloc Lowndes , EA retained her love and tenderness towards only one of...
Fictionalization Alice Meynell
To many of her contemporaries (especially male contemporaries), AM symbolised the perfection of Woman and Mother. Many descriptions of her suggest Woolf 's Mrs Ramsay in To the Lighthouse. Coventry Patmore and Francis Thompson
Friends, Associates Susan Tweedsmuir
ST 's parents made connections through friendship as remarkable as those made for them by family descent. Her mother was a friend of many writers and intellectuals of both sexes, including Marie Belloc Lowndes ,...
Friends, Associates Blanche Warre Cornish
BWC was a friend of Margaret Oliphant , and later of Maurice Baring (as were her children). Her tea-table was frequented by minor literary men like Oscar Browning and Joseph Henry Shorthouse , while Mary Elizabeth Coleridge
Friends, Associates Ann Bridge
Friends, Associates Katharine Tynan
Living in a suburb of London, KT frequented the heart of English literary culture. She had already joined London's Irish Literary Society , and was later appointed its Honorary Vice-President.
Tynan, Katharine. The Years of the Shadow. Constable, 1919.
Among other literary figures...
Friends, Associates Evelyn Underhill
EU and her husband led active social lives, often entertaining friends and colleagues at their home. Blanche Alethea Crackanthorpe introduced her to Marie Belloc Lowndes , who became a friend of Underhill and called her...
Friends, Associates Rhoda Broughton
RB 's vitality, sincerity, and pungent wit gained her the friendship of some of the most notable people of her day.
Stephen, Sir Leslie, and Sidney Lee, editors. The Dictionary of National Biography. Smith, Elder, 1908.
Her wide circle of friends and acquaintances included Henry James (the two became extremely...


By 13 November 1886
Maxwell Gray (whose real name was Mary Gleed Tuttiet ) published her well-known and highly successful novelThe Silence of Dean Maitland.
By autumn 1896
French erotic writer Pierre Louÿs , already notorious for the lesbian Songs of Bilitis, 1895, printed at his own expense his best-known work, Aphrodite, about a courtesan in ancient Alexandria.
2 July 1914
The first issue of the magazine Blast, edited by Wyndham Lewis , formally announced the arrival of Vorticism, an avant-garde movement in art.
January 1921
The Englishwoman, a monthly forum for serious feminist discussion, ceased publication in London.
21 July 1945
Just before the general election, Marie Belloc Lowndes reported that empty houses in London were being requisitioned because of the housing shortage caused by bombing.