L. T. Meade (1854-1914)
[Lillie Thomas Meade, nom de plume of Elizabeth Thomasina Toulin Smith]; b. Bandon,
Co. Cork, dg. of Rev. R. T. Meade of Nohoval, Co. Cork; moved to England,
1874, working at the British Museum; m. Toulmin Smith 1879; issued some
280 books, mostly girls stories often concerning Irish girls entering
English society; titles incl. Wild Kitty (1897), The Rebel of the School (1902) and Peggy from Kerry (1912); popularised the girls school story still found in Bunty; ed. Atlanta, 1887-1898, a magazine for girls to which H. Rider
Haggard and Robert Louis Stevenson contrib.; Brave Poor Thing
to The Sunday Magazine (Xmas 1899); d. 26 Oct. IF DIW DIL2
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Fiction, A World of Girls (London: Cassell 1886); The Medicine Lady (London: Cassell 1901); Drift (London:
Methuen 1902) (iv), 348pp., Love Triumphant (London: T. F. Unwin
1904) (vi), 393pp.; Andrew Harveys Wife (London: Collins, 1908); The Wild Irish Girl (London; Chambers 1910); Peggy from Kerry
(London: Chambers 1912), ill. Miss Anderson; Kitty ODonovan (London:
Chambers 1912), The Passion of Kathleen Duveen (Stanley Paul 1913); At the Back of the World (Hurst & Blackett n.d.).
|The Following titles are available electronically at the Many Books website
The Arrest of Capt. Vandaleur: How Miss Cusack Discovered His Trick 1894), 15pp.
Betty Vivian: A Story of Haddo Court School 1910), 281pp.
A Big Temptation and Other Stories, 38pp.
The Blood-Red Cross 1902, 24pp.
A Bunch of Cherries: A Story of Cherry Court School 1898 , 194pp.
The Children of Wilton Chase 1891, 167pp.
The Childrens Pilgrimage 1893, 233pp.
Daddys Girl, 219pp.
The Dead Hand, Being the First of the Experiences of The Oracle of Maddox Street 1902, 16pp.
Dickory Dock, 34pp.
The Face of the Abbot 1902, 25pp.
Fingertips: One of the Sensational Experiences of Diana Marburg, the Oracle of Maddox Street 1902 , 19pp.
Followed 1903, 23pp.
Frances Kanes Fortune, 165pp.
A Girl in Ten Thousand, 158pp.
A Girl of the People, 164pp.
Girls of the Forest, 267pp.
Good Luck 1896, 146pp.
Hollyhock: A Spirit of Mischief 1916, 209pp.
The Honorable Miss: A Story of an Old-Fashioned Town, 249pp.
- Light O The Morning: The Story of an Irish Girl, 249pp.
- A Little Mother to the Others, 215pp.
- Madame Sara 1902, 27pp.
- A Master of Mysteries 1898 , 147pp.
- A Modern Tomboy: A Story for Girls 1904, 262pp.
- Mr. Boveys Unexpected Will 1899, 16pp.
- Mrs. Reids Terror , 13pp.
- The Palace Beautiful: A Story for Girls , 297pp.
- The Pearl: A Complete Story, 14pp.
- Polly: A New-Fashioned Girl 1910 , 234pp.
- The Rebel of the School, 281pp.
- Red Rose and Tiger Lily; or, In a Wider World 1894, 228pp.
- The School Queens 1910 , 251pp.
- The Secret of Emu Plain 1898 , 19pp.
- The Sorceress of the Strand 1902, 76pp.
- Sue, A Little Heroine 1910, 214pp.
- A Sweet Girl Graduate, 212pp.
- The Time of Roses, 228pp.
- Wild Kitty, 214pp.
- A World of Girls: The Story of a School , 240pp.
- A Young Mutineer 1905, 153pp.
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Beth Rodgers (QUB), “She talks Ireland”: Irishness, Authorship and the Wild Irish Girls of L.T. Meade [paper given at Ireland, Modernism & the fin de siècle, a symposium at Mary Immaculate College/Limerick University, 16-17 April 2010.
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Stephen Brown, Ireland in Fiction (Dublin: Maunsel 1919), bio-data: 1874-1915, b. Bandon; lists The ODonnells of Inchfawn (Hatchard [n.d.]); The Wild Irish Girl (London: Chambers 1910) [impulsive Patricia runs wild in Ireland and resists conventional restraints of London]; Desboroughs Wife (Digby Long 1911) [title char. marries peasant and persuades her to disappear so that he can remarry to get out of debt]; Peggy from Kerry (Chambers 1912), ill. Miss Anderson [dg. of peasant mother and an officer sent to English boarding school]; Kitty ODonovan (Chambers 1912), ill. J. Finnemore [pretty heroine from Kerry at select boarding school]; The Passion of Kathleen Duveen (Stanley Paul 1913) [Irishwoman forced into crime by his young wifes familys need for money]; At the Back of the World (Hurst & Blackett n.d.) [set in Arranmore, Co. Cork, in which Sheila OConnor is sundered from her lover by a suspicion that he murdered her father].
Eggeley (Catalogue 44) lists Drift (Methuen 1902) (iv), 348pp., novel about doctor drifting into criminal activity; Love Triumphant (T. F. Unwin 1904) (vi), 393pp.; both 1st edns.; bio-dates 1850-1914 [sic] also contrib. Brave Poor Thing to The Sunday Magazine, Xmas 1899.
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