Dinah Maria Craik (née Mulock)(1826-1887), Novelist
Sitter in 7 portraits
On the death of her parents, Dinah Craik turned to writing to earn a living. Her earliest work was in genres that could be quickly written and sold: poems and translations for Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, short moral tales for children and stories for monthlies such as Bentley's Miscellany and Fraser's Magazine. Her first novel, The Ogilvies (1849), drew attention for its emotional intensity. Her best-known novel, John Halifax, Gentleman (1856), is the archetypal story of a poor boy who makes good through honesty, initiative and hard work. In addition to novels and short fiction, she published essays, travel narratives, poetry and translations.
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