Mary Stewart

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MS , who began publishing in the mid 1950s, won great success as an author of popular romance thrillers (a genre whose invention her Guardian obituary chalks up to her)
Hore, Rachel. “Mary Stewart obituary”. theguardian.com.
and of Arthurian historical novels. She also wrote for children. The suspense books of her early and mid career are mostly set against the beautiful backdrop of some tourist destination, and a sense of place is brilliantly conveyed.

Milestones

17 September 1916
Mary Florence Elinor Rainbow (later MS ) was born at Sunderland in County Durham, one of a family of three children.
Friedman, Lenemaja. Mary Stewart. Twayne Publishers, 1990.
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1964
MS set her novel This Rough Magic on the Greek island of Corfu.
Friedman, Lenemaja. Mary Stewart. Twayne Publishers, 1990.
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By late July 1970
MS published The Crystal Cave, the first of her Merlin series of three historical novels and of a total of five Arthurian books.
TLS Centenary Archive Centenary Archive [1902-2012].
3569 (23 July 1970): 833
5 June 1997
MS 's final book, another romantic suspense novel entitled Rose Cottage, shared some of its preoccupations with Thornyhold.
Blackwell’s Online Bookshop.
May 2014
MS died at the age of ninety-seven after nearly thirteen years as a widow.
Hore, Rachel. “Mary Stewart obituary”. theguardian.com.

Biography

Birth and Family

17 September 1916
Mary Florence Elinor Rainbow (later MS ) was born at Sunderland in County Durham, one of a family of three children.
Friedman, Lenemaja. Mary Stewart. Twayne Publishers, 1990.
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