Selina Davenport

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Although or because she was harrassed by poverty, SD published, between 1813 and 1834, eleven novels (mostly with the Minerva Press ) which the Feminist Companion calls effective if stereotyped,
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.
as well as mostly unidentified short fiction.

Milestones

27 June 1779
Selina Wheler (later SD ) was born in London, apparently out of wedlock.
Archives of the Royal Literary Fund, 1790-1918.
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.
After April 1834
SD published her final work, Personation. A Novel, dedicated to The Travellers' Club and to succourers of the destitute in memory of her relation to the late Sir George Wheler , Baronet.
McLeod, Deborah. The Minerva Press. University of Alberta, 1997.
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Davenport, Selina. Personation. A Novel. A. K. Newman, 1834.
prelims
A little before mid-July 1859
SD died at Knutsford, aged eighty. She was buried in the parish church there on 14 July.
Watkins, Louise. “Selina Davenport”. Corvey ’Adopt an Author’.

Biography

After leaving her husband she generally discontinued use of his name and chose her second given name, the aristocratic-sounding Granville, as a surname.
Watkins, Louise. “Selina Davenport”. Corvey ’Adopt an Author’.
In 1852 someone called her Mrs Davenport Granville.
Archives of the Royal Literary Fund, 1790-1918.

Birth and Background