Sutherland, John. The Stanford Companion to Victorian Fiction. Stanford University Press, 1989.
Standard Name: Alexander, Mrs
Birth Name: Annie French
Married Name: Annie Hector
Indexed Name: Annie French Hector
Pseudonym: Mrs Alexander
Pseudonym: Agnes Waring
Used Form: the author of Kate Vernon
Mrs Alexander.initially wrote anonymously. Later, not long before her husband died, she adapted his given name, Alexander, and wrote as
She published over forty-two novels over the second half of the nineteenth century and the early years of the twentieth. Her writing supported herself and her family.
Her fiction typically centres on a young girl torn between money, family and love.
She depicts a harsh world which offers no protection to defenceless females, but in which a woman of intelligence, courage, and energy can usually make her way. 's heroines emerge from isolation and loss of family to try to achieve love and marriage, which bring with them status and security through the dispensations of an eventually benevolent providence.
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