Florence Marryat

Florence Marryat (9 July 1833 – 27 October 1899) was a British writer.

She was privately educated. After her marriage to an officer of the British Army, she travelled extensively through India, and returned alone to England in 1860. The couple had eight children. In the 1870’s, Florence lived together with a Colonel of the Royal Marine Light Infantry, and her first husband eventually sued her for divorce in 1878, on the basis of adultery. Florence eventually married her lover afterwards.

From 1872 to 1876, she wrote for newspapers and magazines, had a performing career on stage, and edited the monthly magazine London Society. During the 1890s, Marryat ran a school of Journalism and Literary Art. She was a prolific and very successful author during the Victorian era, and eventually became also known for her involvement with several celebrated spiritual mediums of the late 19th century.

Books

Novels

  • Love’s Conflict (1865)
  • Too Good for Him (1865)
  • Woman Against Woman (1865)
  • For Ever and Ever (1866)
  • The Confessions of Gerald Estcourt (1867)
  • Nelly Brooke – A Homely Story (1868)
  • The Girls of Feversham (1869)
  • Veronique (1869)
  • Petronel (1870)
  • Her Lord and Master (1871)
  • The Prey of the Gods (1871)
  • Mad Dumaresq (1873)
  • No Intentions (1874)
  • Fighting the Air (1875)
  • Open! Sesame! (1875)
  • Her Father’s Name (1876)
  • My Own Child (1876)
  • A Harvest of Wild Oats (1877)
  • A Little Stepson (1878)
  • Her World Against a Lie (1878)
  • Written in Fire (1878)
  • A Broken Blossom (1879)
  • The Root of All Evil (1879)
  • Out of His Reckoning (1879)
  • The Fair-Haired Alda (1880)
  • My Sister the Actress (1881)
  • With Cupid’s Eye (1881)
  • Facing the Footlights (1882)
  • How They Loved Him (1882)
  • Phyllida (1882)
  • Peeress and Player (1883)
  • The Heart of Jane Warner (1884)
  • Under the Lillies and Roses (1884)
  • The Heir Presumptive (1885)
  • Miss Harrington’s Husband (a reissue of The Spiders of Society) (1886)
  • The Master Passion (1886)
  • The Spiders of Society (1886)
  • A Daughter of the Tropics (1887)
  • Driven to Bay (1887)
  • A Crown of Shame (1888)
  • Gentleman and Courtier (1888)
  • Mount Eden (1889)
  • On Circumstantial Evidence (1889)
  • A Scarlet Sin (1890)
  • Blindfold (1890)
  • Brave Heart and True (1890)
  • A Fatal Silence (1891)
  • The Risen Dead (1891)
  • The Lost Diamonds (with Charles Ogilvie) (1891)
  • How Like a Woman (1892)
  • The Nobler Sex (1892)
  • Parson Jones (1893)
  • A Bankrupt Heart (1894)
  • The Beautiful Soul (1894)
  • The Hampstead Mystery (1894)
  • The Dead Man’s Message – An Occult Romance (1894)
  • At Heart a Rake (1895)
  • The Dream that Stayed (1896)
  • The Strange Transfiguration of Hannah Stubbs (1896)
  • A Passing Madness (1897)
  • In the Name of Liberty (1897)
  • The Blood of the Vampire (1897)
  • A Soul on Fire (UK edition of The Dead Man’s Message) (1898)
  • An Angel of Pity (1898)
  • Why Did She Love Him? (1898)
  • A Rational Marriage (1899)
  • Iris the Avenger (1899)
  • The Folly of Alison (1899)

Short story collections

  • Captain Norton’s Diary and other stories (1870)
  • A Lucky Disappointment and other stories (1876)
  • A Star and a Heart (1876)
  • Hidden Chains (1876)
  • The Poison of Asps (1876)
  • A Moment of Madness and other stories (1883)
  • The Ghost of Charlotte Cray and other stories (1883)
  • Old Contrairy and other stories (1884)
  • The Luckiest Girl in Yorkshire and other stories (1907)

Children’s stories

  • Sybil’s Friend and How She Found Him (1873)
  • The Little Marine and the Japanese Lily (1891)

Plays

  • Miss Chester (1871)

Memoirs

  • Gup – Sketches of Anglo-Indian Life (1868)
  • Life and Letters of Captain Marryat (1872)
  • Tom Tiddler’s Ground (1886)

Spiritualism

  • There is No Death (1891)
  • The Clairvoyance of Bessie Williams (1893)
  • The Spirit World (1894)
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2 Comments Add yours

  1. What an interesting life she seems to have led: to have gone through divorce at that time and then made such a success of herself.

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    1. Yes, I find it fascinating! And now she is very much forgotten…

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