Julia Frankau

Standard Name: Frankau, Julia
Birth Name: Julia Davis
Married Name: Julia Frankau
Pseudonym: Frank Danby
JF , whose career spanned the closing years of the nineteenth century and the Edwardian period, produced fifteen novels and four books of art history, three of which take biographical form. It is surprising that recent interest in her various and complex fictions (dealing with the class system and the worlds of business, art, and moneyed leisure) has been confined to the issue of her response to her Jewish origins.
Black and white photograph of Julia Frankau from the bust up. Her dark hair is piled up in a bun; she wears a sleeveless but fur-edged dress and a pearl necklace. Her pseudonym is written below in capitals: "Frank Danby".
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Connections Sort descending Author name Excerpt
Family and Intimate relationships Pamela Frankau
PF 's paternal grandmother was Julia Frankau (pseudonym Frank Danby), art historian and popular novelist, known for her exposés of the world of bourgeois materialism. She died in 1916, when Pamela was still a child.
Intertextuality and Influence Charlotte Montefiore
In an article in the Jewish Chronicle two years afterCM died, Abraham Benisch wrote in praise of nineteenth-century Jewish women writers. He asserted that it is a remarkable phenomenon on the horizon of Anglo-Jewish...
Publishing Helen Mathers
HM collaborated with Florence Marryat , Julia Frankau , Frances Eleanor Trollope , Conan Doyle , Bram Stoker , Justin H. McCarthy , Joseph Hatton , and others in a serial novel, The Fate of Fenella, in The Gentlewoman.
Maunder, Andrew. “Introduction”. The Fate of Fenella, Valancourt Books, 2008, p. vii - xxiii.
Mathers, Helen, Justin Huntly McCarthy, Frances Eleanor Trollope, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, May Crommelin, F. C. Philips, Margaret Humphreys, Joseph Hatton, Caroline Emily Lovett Cameron, Bram Stoker, Florence Marryat, Frank Danby, Mrs Edward Kennard, Richard Dowling, Margaret Hungerford, Arthur A. Beckett, Jean Middlemass, Clement Scott, Clotilde Graves, H. W. Lucy, Adeline Sergeant, G. Manville Fenn, Jessie Courvreur, and F. Anstey. The Fate of Fenella. Cassell, 1892.
“Summary of News”. The British Architect, pp. 407 - 8.
Reception Marie Belloc Lowndes
Samuel Hynes in the Times Literary Supplement called this book a delight and its author a remarkable woman, yet he introduced his notice with some sweeping, casually sexist comment on that monstrous regiment of writing...
Textual Production May Crommelin


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