Margaret Oliphant

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As the breadwinner for her constantly extending family, MO was astonishingly productive. She published (sometimes by name, sometimes anonymously, often with no name but with allusion to her previous works) ninety-eight novels, and three times that many articles for Blackwood's and other magazines. She was equally prolific in short stories and in works of information: biography, socio-historical studies of cities, art criticism, historical sketches, literary histories, and a characteristic, fragmented autobiography, selective but nonetheless revealing. She also did translation and editing. She consistently foregrounds issues involved in Victorian expectations of womanhood: the relationships of daughter, sister, wife, and mother (especially the last).
Head-and-shoulders chalk drawing of a youthful-looking Margaret Oliphant by Frederick Sandys, 1881. She is wearing a brocaded dress and a plain lace cap on her grey hair. National Portrait Gallery.
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Milestones

4 April 1828
Margaret Wilson (later MO ) was born in Wallyford, Midlothian.
Jay, Elisabeth. Mrs Oliphant: "A Fiction to Herself": A Literary Life. Clarendon Press, 1995.
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September 1861-January 1862
Blackwood's printed the short story and novella which in 1863 became the anonymous first volumes in MO 's Chronicles of Carlingford as The Rector; and, The Doctor's Family.
Jay, Elisabeth. Mrs Oliphant: "A Fiction to Herself": A Literary Life. Clarendon Press, 1995.
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February 1865-May 1866
Blackwood's continued MO 's Chronicles of Carlingford with perhaps her best-known novel, Miss Marjoribanks.
Jay, Elisabeth. Mrs Oliphant: "A Fiction to Herself": A Literary Life. Clarendon Press, 1995.
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25 June 1897
Just before midnight, MO died of colon cancer at Wimbledon near London.
Jay, Elisabeth. Mrs Oliphant: "A Fiction to Herself": A Literary Life. Clarendon Press, 1995.
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Biography

Birth

4 April 1828
Margaret Wilson (later MO ) was born in Wallyford, Midlothian.
Jay, Elisabeth. Mrs Oliphant: "A Fiction to Herself": A Literary Life. Clarendon Press, 1995.
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