In 2010 we were privileged to publish in the UK and US similtaneously a wonderful biography about a popular nineteenth-century author which has all but been forgotten in modern times.
The author of this book, 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 Traveler on the Hill-top: Mary Howitt, the Famous Victorian Authoress and Mary Howitt, Another Lost Victorian Author, among other works.
Identifying with Mary for many reasons, viz women’s rights, writing and the gentry of the area, the study of these subjects drove Ms. Dunicliff to compose 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.
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. Ms. Howitt was a close friend of such figures as Charles Dickens, William Wordsworth and Mary 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 Baker 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.
Written in the first person, this unique work gives the reader the feel of living in the Victorian age in England, Europe and Australia, and a shocking look at the hopeless plight of women of the day.
The book is distributed by Ingram Books and is available through stores where better books are sold and at http://stclairpublications.com and a number of other online booksellers around the globe.