Margaret Oliphant, 1828-1897

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Biographical note

Novelist and miscellaneous writer, was born near Musselburgh. Her literary output began when she was little more than a girl, and was continued almost up to the end of her life. Her first novel, Mrs. Margaret Maitland, appeared in 1849, and its humour, pathos, and insight into character gave the author an immediate position in literature. It was followed by an endless succession, of which the best were the series of The Chronicles of Carlingford (1861–65), including Salem Chapel, The Perpetual Curate, and Miss Marjoribanks, all of which, as well as much of her other work, appeared in Blackwood’s Magazine, with which she had a lifelong connection. Others of some note were The Primrose Path, Madonna Mary (1866), The Wizard’s Son, and A Beleaguered City. She did not, however, confine herself to fiction, but wrote many books of history and biography, including Sketches of the Reign of George II. (1869), The Makers of Florence (1876), Literary History of England 1790–1825, Royal Edinburgh (1890), and Lives of St. Francis of Assisi, Edward Irving, and Principal Tulloch. Her generosity in supporting and educating the family of a brother as well as her own two sons rendered necessary a rate of production which was fatal to the permanence of her work. She was negligent as to style, and often wrote on subjects to which her intellectual equipment and knowledge did not enable her to do proper justice. She had, however, considerable power of painting character, and a vein of humour, and showed untiring industry in getting up her subjects.

[From A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin, 1910]

Works

Novels

  • Christian Melville [1855]
  • Margaret Maitland of Sunnyside [1849]
  • Merkland ; or, Self Sacrifice [1850]
  • Caleb Field, a Tale of the Puritans [1851]
  • John Drayton [1851]
  • Adam Graeme of Mossgray [1852]
  • The Melvilles [1852]
  • Katie Stewart, a True Story [1852]
  • Harry Muir, a Story of Scottish Life [1853]
  • Ailieford, a Family History [1853]
  • The Quiet Heart [1853]
  • Magdalen Hepburn [1854]
  • Zaidee, a Romance [1854]
  • Lilliesleaf [1855]
  • The Athelings, or The Three Gifts [1856]
  • The Days of My Life [1857]
  • Orphans, a Chapter in Life [1857]
  • The Laird of Norlaw, a Scottish Story [1858]
  • Agnes Hopetoun's Schools and Holidays [1858]
  • Lucy Crofton [1859]
  • The House on the Moor [1860]
    v. 1 v. 2 v. 3
  • The Doctor's Family [1861]
  • The Last of the Mortimers, a Story in Two Voices [1861]
  • Salem Chapel [1862]
  • Mrs Clifford's Marriage [1863]
  • Heart and Cross [1863]
  • The Perpetual Curate [1863]
  • A Son of the Soil [1863]
  • Miss Marjoribanks [1865]
  • Agnes [1865]
  • Madonna Mary [1866]
  • Brownlows [1867]
  • The Minister's Wife [1869]
  • The Three Brothers [1869]
  • John, a Love Story [1869]
  • Squire Arden [1870]
  • At His Gates [1872]
    Vol. 1 Vol. 2 Vol. 3
  • Ombra [1872]
  • The Two Marys [1872]
  • Innocent, a Tale of Modern Life [1873]
  • May [1873]
  • The Story of Valentine and his Brother [1874]
  • A Rose in June [1874]
  • For Love and Life [1874]
  • Whiteladies [1875]
  • The Curate in Charge [1875]
  • An Odd Couple [1875]
  • Phoebe, Junior - a Last Chronicle of Carlingford [1876]
  • Carità [1876]
  • Young Musgrave [1877]
  • Mrs Arthur [1877]
  • Diana Trelawny, the History of a Great Mistake [1892]
  • Within the Precincts [1878]
  • The Primrose Path [1878]
  • A Beleaguered City [1879]
  • He that Will Not When He May [1879]
  • The Greatest Heiress in England [1879]
  • The Fugitives [1879]
  • In Trust, the Story of a Lady and Her Lover [1881]
  • Harry Joscelyn [1881]
  • Lady Jane [The Duke's Daughter] [1882]
  • The Ladies Lindores [1882]
    Vol. 1 Vol. 2 Vol. 3
  • The Wizard's Son [1882]
  • The Lady's Walk [1882]
  • Sir Tom [1883]
  • It Was a Lover and His Lass [1883]
  • Hester, a Story of Contemporary Life [1883]
    Vol. 1 Vol. 2 Vol. 3
  • Old Lady Mary [1884]
  • Madam [1884]
  • The Prodigals and Their Inheritance [1884]
  • A Country Gentleman and his Family [1885]
  • A House Divided Against Itself [1885]
  • Oliver's Bride, a True Story [1885]
  • Effie Ogilvie, the Story of a Young Life [1885]
  • A Poor Gentleman [1886]
  • The Son of His Father [1886]
  • The Second Son [1887]
  • Cousin Mary [1887]
  • Joyce [1887]
  • Lady Car, the Sequel of a Life [1889]
  • Kirsteen [1889]
  • The Mystery of Mrs Blencarrow [1889]
  • Janet [The Story of a Governess] [1890]
  • Sons and Daughters [1890]
  • The Railway Man and His Children [1890]
  • The Heir Presumptive and the Heir Apparent [1890]
  • The Marriage of Elinor [1891]
  • Lady William [1891]
  • The Cuckoo in the Nest [1891]
  • The Sorceress [1892]
  • Sir Robert's Fortune, the Story of a Scotch Moor [1893]
  • A House in Bloomsbury [1893]
  • Who Was Lost and Is Found [1894]
  • Dies Irae, the Story of a Spirit in Prison [1895]
  • Two Strangers [1895]
  • Old Mr Tredgold, a Story of Two Sisters [1895]
  • The Unjust Steward, or the Minister's Debt [1896]

Chronicles of Carlingford

Stories of the Seen and Unseen

The Little Pilgrim

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