Mary Fortune

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Standard Name: Fortune, Mary
Birth Name: Mary Helena Wilson
Married Name: Mary Helena Fortune
Pseudonym: M. H. F.
Married Name: Mary Brett
Pseudonym: Waif Wander
Pseudonym: W. W.
MF , publishing under the pseudonyms Waif Wander, M. H. F., and W. W., wrote in a range of genres for the Australian periodical market in the second half of the nineteeth century and into the first decade of the twentieth. Her output includes hundreds of works on crime and detection; she is arguably the first woman to publish in the genre. In addition, she wrote poetry, sketches of life in colonial Australia, other journalism, memoirs, serialised novels including a work of gothic fiction, a pantomime that has not survived, and a recipe.
Sage, Lorna, editor. The Cambridge Guide to Women’s Writing in English. Cambridge University Press, 1999.
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Sussex, Lucy, Lucy Sussex, and Elizabeth Gibson. “Introduction”. Mary Helena Fortune ("Waif Wander" / "W.W."), c. 1833-1910: A Bibliography, Department of English, University of Queensland, 1998, pp. 1 - 11.
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Sussex, Lucy, and Elizabeth Gibson. Mary Helena Fortune ("Waif Wander" / "W.W."), c. 1833-1910: A Bibliography. Department of English, University of Queensland, 1998.
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1867
Metta Victoria Fuller Victor (a successful American writer and publisher, as was her husband, Orville James Victor ) serialised under the pseudonym Seeley Regester her novelThe Dead Letter.
American National Biography.
under Orville James Victor
Nickerson, Catherine Ross, and Metta Victoria Fuller Victor. “Introduction”. The Dead Letter; and, The Figure Eight, Duke University Press, 2003, pp. 1 - 10.
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