Margaret Oliphant

Margaret Oliphant Wilson Oliphant (born Margaret Oliphant Wilson, 4 April 1828 – 25 June 1897) was a Scottish writer.

In 1851, she was invited by the publisher William Blackwood to contribute to the famous Blackwood’s Magazine. In 1852, she married her cousin, Frank Wilson Oliphant. Three of their six children died in infancy; her husband later developed symptoms of tuberculosis, and died in 1859 in Rome. Left almost entirely without resources, Oliphant returned to England, where she supported her family by her own literary activity.

Books

Novels

  • Margaret Maitland (1849).
  • Merkland (1850).
  • Caleb Field (1851).
  • John Drayton (1851).
  • Adam Graeme (1852).
  • The Melvilles (1852).
  • Katie Stewart (1852).
  • Harry Muir (1853).
  • Ailieford (1853).
  • The Quiet Heart (1854).
  • Magdalen Hepburn (1854).
  • Zaidee (1855).
  • Lilliesleaf (1855).
  • Christian Melville (1855).
  • The Athelings (1857).
  • The Days of My Life (1857).
  • Orphans (1858).
  • The Laird of Norlaw (1858).
  • Agnes Hopetoun’s Schools and Holidays (1859).
  • Lucy Crofton (1860).
  • The House on the Moor (1861).
  • The Last of the Mortimers (1862).
  • Heart and Cross (1863).
  • The Chronicles of Carlingford:
    • Salem Chapel (1863).
    • The Rector (1863).
    • Doctor’s Family (1863).
    • The Perpetual Curate (1864).
    • Miss Marjoribanks (1866).
    • Phoebe Junior (1876).
  • A Son of the Soil (1865).
  • Agnes (1866).
  • Madonna Mary (1867).
  • Brownlows (1868).
  • The Minister’s Wife (1869).
  • The Three Brothers (1870).
  • John: A Love Story (1870).
  • Squire Arden (1871).
  • At his Gates (1872).
  • Ombra (1872).
  • May (1873).
  • Innocent (1873).
  • The Story of Valentine and his Brother (1875).
  • A Rose in June (1874).
  • For Love and Life (1874).
  • Whiteladies (1875).
  • An Odd Couple (1875).
  • The Curate in Charge (1876).
  • Carità (1877).
  • Young Musgrave (1877).
  • Mrs. Arthur (1877).
  • The Primrose Path (1878).
  • Within the Precincts (1879).
  • The Fugitives (1879).
  • A Beleaguered City]] (1879).
  • The Greatest Heiress in England (1880).
  • He That Will Not When He May (1880).
  • In Trust (1881).
  • Harry Joscelyn (1881).
  • Lady Jane (1882).
  • A Little Pilgrim in the Unseen (1882).
  • The Lady Lindores (1883).
  • Sir Tom (1883).
  • Hester (1883).
  • It Was a Lover and his Lass (1883).
  • The Lady’s Walk (1883).
  • The Wizard’s Son (1884).
  • Madam (1884).
  • The Prodigals and their Inheritance (1885).
  • Oliver’s Bride (1885).
  • A Country Gentleman and his Family (1886).
  • A House Divided Against Itself (1886).
  • Effie Ogilvie (1886).
  • A Poor Gentleman (1886).
  • The Son of his Father (1886).
  • Joyce (1888).
  • Cousin Mary (1888).
  • The Land of Darkness (1888).
  • Lady Car (1889).
  • Kirsteen (1890).
  • The Mystery of Mrs. Biencarrow (1890).
  • Sons and Daughters (1890).
  • The Railway Man and his Children (1891).
  • The Heir Presumptive and the Heir Apparent (1891).
  • The Marriage of Elinor (1891).
  • Janet (1891).
  • The Cuckoo in the Nest (1892).
  • Diana Trelawny (1892).
  • The Sorceress (1893).
  • A House in Bloomsbury (1894).
  • Sir Robert’s Fortune (1894).
  • Who Was Lost and is Found (1894).
  • Lady William (1894).
  • Two Strangers (1895).
  • Old Mr. Tredgold (1895).
  • The Unjust Steward (1896).
  • The Ways of Life (1897).

Short stories

  • Neighbours on the Green (1889).
  • A Widow’s Tale and Other Stories (1898).
  • That Little Cutty (1898).
  • “The Open Door.” In: Great Ghost Stories (1918).

Articles

Historical books

  • Historical Sketches of the Reign of George II (1869)
  • The Makers of Florence (1876)
  • A Literary History of England from 1760 to 1825 (1882)
  • The Makers of Venice (1887)
  • Royal Edinburgh (1890)
  • Jerusalem (1891)
  • The Makers of Modern Rome (1895)
  • William Blackwood and his Sons (1897)
  • “The Sisters Brontë.” In: Women Novelists of Queen Victoria’s Reign (1897)
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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Oliphant is on my ‘must-read’ list – and I must pull one of those books of hers off the shelf! 🙂

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    1. I loved this book, Karen, and I am hoping to read Hester soon. Hope you enjoy Oliphant, too! 🙂

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  2. Liz Dexter says:

    She wrote so much! I want to do Carlingford but I have to finish Trollope first as I feel they would clash a bit and get tangled!

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