Dinah Mulock Craik

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A prolific mid-Victorian professional writer of poetry, fiction, essays, and travel writing, DMC published twenty novels whose commitment to Christian ideals of self-sacrifice and Victorian middle-class values joins with trenchant feminist critique and narrative innovation. John Halifax, Gentleman, portrait of a self-made industrialist, is less representative than her novels about the ongoing practical and psychological challenges facing women in difficult circumstances. DMC 's strong delineation of character and relationships, tendency to write beyond the marriage ending, and treatments of race and ethnicity all repay consideration. Some of her children's stories remain in circulation today. As an essayist, she produced forthright yet witty advice directed at improving women's lot. Her work has fallen into obscurity, although she was one of the most widely read authors of her time.
Oil portrait of Dinah Mulock Craik, by Sir Hubert von Herkomer, 1887. She sits in a wooden chair, her full-figured torso facing to her left but her face turned to look directly at the viewer and hands folded in her lap. She wears a dark dress which merges with the dark background, and a white high-collared blouse with embroidery at the sleeves and lacing in front. She wears a lace headpiece hanging from her grey hair, and her expression is stern. National Portrait Gallery.
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Milestones

20 April 1826
Dinah Mulock (later DMC ) was born at Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire.
Blain, Virginia, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford, 1990.
Stephen, Sir Leslie, and Sidney Lee, editors. The Dictionary of National Biography. Smith, Elder, 1908.
Mitchell, Sally. Dinah Mulock Craik. Twayne, 1983.
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By 14 December 1850
DMC , then Dinah Mulock , published her second three-volume novel, Olive, as the author of the Ogilvies.
It was reprinted along with The Half-Caste in 1996 with an introduction by Cora Kaplan.
Craik, Dinah Mulock, and Cora Kaplan. Olive; and, The Half-Caste. Oxford University Press, 1996.
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It is also available at the Victorian Women Writers Project at http://www.indiana.edu/~letrs/vwwp/craik/olive1.html#Text.
The Athenaeum Index of Reviews and Reviewers: 1830-1870.
By 25 December 1852
Dinah Mulock 's A Hero appeared with the date of 1853 on its title-page; it exemplifies masculine virtues through short stories treating everyday events in the lives of boys.
Mitchell, Sally. Dinah Mulock Craik. Twayne, 1983.
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The Athenaeum Index of Reviews and Reviewers: 1830-1870.
By 26 April 1856
Dinah Mulock , as the author of the Head of the Family, Olive, etc, published her best-known novel, John Halifax, Gentleman, in three volumes.
Fredeman, William E., and Ira Bruce Nadel, editors. Dictionary of Literary Biography 35. Gale Research, 1985.
35: 39
The Athenaeum Index of Reviews and Reviewers: 1830-1870.
By 9 September 1871
DMC published Little Sunshine's Holiday (a children's story) and the supposedly edited (really original) diary of a girl in her teens, Twenty Years Ago.
Mitchell, Sally. Dinah Mulock Craik. Twayne, 1983.
136, 137
The Athenaeum Index of Reviews and Reviewers: 1830-1870.
2289 (9 September 1871): 336-7
By 26 June 1886
DMC published the novella King Arthur: Not a Love Story, which promoted adoption; it was her last major publication.
Athenæum. J. Lection.
3061 (1886): 840
12 October 1887
DMC died of heart failure while preparing for her daughter's wedding.
Mitchell, Sally. Dinah Mulock Craik. Twayne, 1983.
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Biography

Birth and Family

20 April 1826
Dinah Mulock (later DMC ) was born at Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire.
Blain, Virginia, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford, 1990.
Stephen, Sir Leslie, and Sidney Lee, editors. The Dictionary of National Biography. Smith, Elder, 1908.
Mitchell, Sally. Dinah Mulock Craik. Twayne, 1983.
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