Outstanding Books: Number 8

Today’s pick is Quaker to Catholic: Mary Howitt, Lost Author of the 19th Century by well-known British historian and biographer, Joy Dunicliff, and was released in London, printed and distributed by Ingram Books. It received a large spread in The Times, and rightfully so.

Joy Dunicliff has lived in Uttoxeter, East Staffordshire, England, for more than 50 years, where she is the local historian. She is an expert on Uttoxeter’s most famous nineteenth-century resident, Mary Howitt, and has previously published the Traveller on the Hill-top: Mary Howitt, the Famous Victorian Authoress and Mary Howitt Another Lost Victorian Author . Identifying with Mary for many reasons, viz women’s rights, writing and the gentry of the area, the study of these subjects drove Joy Dunicliff to write a fresh new biography centered around Mary Howitt’s conversion from the Quaker faith to that of a Roman Catholic not long before her death. We are honored to have her join our group of authors at St. Clair Publications. She is represented by Nucleus Agency.

Quaker to Catholic: Mary Howitt, Lost Author of the 19th Century


Book Synopsis:

Quaker to Catholic: Mary Howitt, Lost Author of the 19th Century, is a fascinating look inside the life of one of the most endearing figures of Nineteenth Century England. Best known for her classic children’s poem, the Spider and the Fly, She was a close friend of such figures as Charles Dickens, William Wordsworth and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, she introduced the English version of Hans Christian Anderson’s tales by translating them from Danish.

She and her dedicated husband, William, helped get many well known authors of their day into print. A great champion of women’s rights and abolition of the slave trade, she became friends and an associate of Hariett Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Uneasy with the practices of the Quakers in relation to clothing and rights of women, she finally converted to Catholicism before her death in 1888 at the age of 89.

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