Amelia B. Edwards
Standard Name: Edwards, Amelia B.
Birth Name: Amelia Ann Blanford Edwards
Indexed Name: Amelia B. Edwards
Indexed Name: Amelia Blandford Edwards
Pseudonym: The Author of Barbara's History
sustained a moderately successful authorial career, beginning in the mid-nineteenth century when she made the choice of writing as a profession—something she needed in order to earn a living. She was a periodical contributor (of stories, articles, and reviews of books and of art) and novelist, who also produced biography, translation, songs, anthologies, and travel literature. Her twenty or so novels were popular: their characters and situations are drawn with a broad brush and reflect in slightly cruder form the more fruitful innovations of the most original novelists of her day. She is best remembered, however, for her work in Egyptology. Her books on Egyptian subjects overlap on one side with her travel writing and on the other with her lecturing; she is still regarded as a founder of the discipline.