Mary Ann Kelty

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MAK 's first publications were novels issued in the 1820s (intelligent, pious but not totally unworldly), which had considerable success in Britain, the USA, and Continental Europe. Later the religious element became dominant in her writing, producing devout meditations, moral essays, and tracts, as well as biography or history, and later in life an unusual and appealing blend of the devotional or philosophical genre with autobiography or diary. This mixed genre is one which came back into favour in a somewhat different form in the late twentieth century.

Milestones

1789
MAK was born at Cambridge, after a pregnancy during which her mother's relations with her father were very difficult.
Kelty, Mary Ann. Reminiscences of Thought and Feeling. W. Pickering, 1852.
146
By 23 January 1869
MAK 's final work was The Solace of a Solitaire: A Record of Facts and Feelings.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
OCLC WorldCat.
The Athenaeum Index of Reviews and Reviewers: 1830-1870.
2152 (23 January 1869): 126
8 January 1873
MAK died in her eighties, at her home at 5 Hanover Street in Peckham.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Biography

1789
MAK was born at Cambridge, after a pregnancy during which her mother's relations with her father were very difficult.
Kelty, Mary Ann. Reminiscences of Thought and Feeling. W. Pickering, 1852.
146
She was the youngest of her family.
Kelty, Mary Ann. Reminiscences of Thought and Feeling. W. Pickering, 1852.
140