Lucy Walford

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Lucy Walford published more than forty-five books, primarily fiction (novels and short stories), as well as biographies and journalism over the final three decades of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth. She was a popular as well as prolific novelist whose early works in particular garnered high praise. Reviewers tended to prize the conventional romantic plots and simple domestic settings, but also her spirited and comedic tone.
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Milestones

17 April 1845
Lucy Bethia Colquhoun (later LW ) was born at 11 Brighton Crescent, Portobello, near Edinburgh.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
May 1869
Her mother 's support led to the publication of a story by Lucy Colquhoun (later LW ) in the Sunday Magazine: The Merchant's Sermon.
Walford, Lucy. Recollections of a Scottish Novelist. Williams and Norgate, 1910.
194
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
By 15 September 1894
LW published The Matchmaker, which was notable, she said, as the last three-volume novel accepted by Mudie's Circulating Library .
New York Times. New York Times Company.
(15 September 1894): 3
Walford, Lucy. Recollections of a Scottish Novelist. Williams and Norgate, 1910.
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22 January 1914
LW 's last novel, David and Jonathan on the Riviera, was published in London the year before she died.
OCLC WorldCat.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
TLS Centenary Archive Centenary Archive [1902-2012].
627 (22 January 1914): 34
11 May 1915
LW died at her home, 17 Warwick Square in the Pimlico district of London .
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Biography

LW wrote under her birth name once before marriage. After marrying, she usually wrote as L. B. Walford, and occasionally in late years as Mrs L. B. Walford.
British Library Catalogue.

Birth and Family