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Hungerford, Margaret W

Entry updated 11 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

(1855-1897) Irish author, active and prolific from about 1877 as a romantic novelist, becoming an author, as frequently the case, in order to support her husband and children; her best known novel is the nonfantastic Molly Bawn (1878), which contains the famous maxim: "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder". In America she usually published as by The Duchess. Hungerford is of sf interest for The Professor's Experiment (1895 3vols), one of the very last triple-deckers to be published for the rental library market where she was a dominant figure, featuring a Mad Scientist who applies Drugs from South America to an adolescent girl, who dies (seemingly) but is reborn to recount her experiences to a barrister, who narrates feelingly. [JC]

Margaret Wolfe Hamilton Hungerford

born Rosscarbery, Country Cork, Ireland: 27 April 1855

died Bandon, County Cork, Ireland: 24 January 1897



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