Elizabeth Strickland

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ES published her earliest children's book under her name, though her periodical editing was anonymous. But although a number of women writers in various generations have chosen anonymity or obscurity, she is extraordinary in seeking to remain hidden when volumes of hers were appearing to great acclaim with her younger sister's name on them. She was content to work in collaboration with Agnes on these works of historical biography, scholarship, and editing, and to see the credit going entirely to Agnes. Even in the early twenty-first century the British Library Catalogue did not list most of her collaborative works under her name.

Milestones

17 November 1794
ES was born, the eldest among two brothers and six sisters (of whom all the sisters but one became published writers).
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
under Agnes Strickland
1819
The year after she moved to London, ES published her first book: Disobedience; or, Mind What Mamma Says, a slim volume written for children, giving her name as Miss Elizabeth Strickland.
The Dictionary of Literary Biography, volume 99, attributes this to Catharine Parr Strickland (later Traill) . OCLC does not (in 2007) list it.
British Library Catalogue.
By 15 February 1840
Publication began of ES 's best-known work, a twelve-volume collaborative study with her sister Agnes which bore Agnes's name only: Lives of the Queens of England, from the Norman Conquest.
Athenæum. J. Lection.
642 (15 February 1840)
April 1848
The final volume appeared of ES 's best-known work (produced jointly with her sister Agnes but bearing Agnes's name alone): the twelve-volume Lives of the Queens of England, from the Norman Conquest.
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.
30 April 1875
ES died; her death followed the year after that of her sister Agnes .
“Catharine Parr Traill - Chronology”. Library and Archives Canada: Susanna Moodie and Catherine Parr Traill.

Biography

Birth and Family

17 November 1794
ES was born, the eldest among two brothers and six sisters (of whom all the sisters but one became published writers).
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
under Agnes Strickland