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[BLACKWELL, Miss Anna].
Ernestine; or, The child of mystery ... In three volumes. Vol. I [-III].
London: Henry Colburn, Publisher, Great Marlborough Street, 1840. Scarce first edition of this novel attributed to a Miss Blackwell who we feel is undoubtedly Anna Blackwell (1816-1900). The writing style and the concern over health in both the plot this novel and that of ^gEllen Braye; or, The Fortune-teller^g, published in 1841, also by 'Miss Blackwell', points very strongly too the same hand. ^gEllen Braye^g is ascribed by several writers to Anne Blackwell although we have not been able to establish the evidence. From contemporary notices the tale is based on original manuscripts 'now destroyed' that fell into the hands of the author,on leading families and a fashionable physician who was identifiable by person living at the beginning of the nineteenth century. These were promoted by the publishers and collectively do point very strongly to Anna Blackwell as the author. 'Anna Blackwell (1816-1900) was a poet, translator, and journalist, taught school, was a member of the Brook Farm community in 1845 and settled in France thereafter. She translated the works of the French socialist Fourier and the novels of Georges Sand. She was a contributing correspondent for as many as eleven newspapers (in the United States, India, Australia, South Africa, and Canada), writing a weekly column under the pseudonym "Fidelitas" on whatever the editors wished: "either purely gossip, purely political or mixed according to the need of their papers." Towards the end of her life, she lived at Triel, France, and wasted her assets in a fruitless search for the lost treasure of King James … [Click Below for Full Description]
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