Mary Anne Duffus Hardy

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MADH published, during the latter part of the nineteenth century, fourteen novels, a book of patriotic poetry, two travel books about the USA, and various works in periodicals. Among her novels, predictable romance is balanced with elements of the sensation novel, and some attention (not, however, particularly daring or original) to gender issues such as seduction.

Milestones

19 February 1824
Mary Anne MacDowell, later MADH , was born in Fitzroy Square, London, when that part of town was in its zenith, and was a favourite locality for great artists.
Black, Helen C. Notable Women Authors of the Day. D. Bryce, 1893.
199
She was an only child.
Boase, Frederic. Modern English Biography. F. Cass, 1965.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
By 3 December 1853
MADH issued her first novel, Savile House: An Historical Romance of the Time of George the First, in two volumes under the name Addlestone Hill (a coded reference to her home at Addlestone in Surrey).
Athenæum. J. Lection.
1362 (1853): 1449
British Library Catalogue.
19 May 1891
MADH died at 124 Portsdown Road (the address of the flat in Portsdown Mansions), Maida Vale, London.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Boase, Frederic. Modern English Biography. F. Cass, 1965.
By the end of 1893
Mary Anne Duffus Hardy 's final novel, A Buried Sin, appeared posthumously, with the next year's date on its title-page.
British Library Catalogue.

Biography

Family and Early Life

19 February 1824
Mary Anne MacDowell, later MADH , was born in Fitzroy Square, London, when that part of town was in its zenith, and was a favourite locality for great artists.
Black, Helen C. Notable Women Authors of the Day. D. Bryce, 1893.
199
She was an only child.
Boase, Frederic. Modern English Biography. F. Cass, 1965.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.