Women in the Literary Market 1800-1900

Frances Mary Peard, 1835–1922
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Mary Peard wrote books for both adults and children. She was well travelled, and several of her novels are set in foreign countries. Her closest friend was the novelist Christabel Coleridge. She apparently never married.

The letter refers to Peard's Donna Teresa, which was published by Macmillan in 1899, after it bought Bentley's. She is guarded about suggesting her alternative titles, having had a bad experience with her Career of Claudia. She discusses the length of Donna Teresa in relation to Temple Bar and asks Bentley for his offer to purchase the story, including American and Colonial rights.

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[top] Frances Mary Peard. The Locked Desk. London: National Society's Depository, [1890?]. [bottom] Autograph letter to Richard Bentley, December 11, [1898].
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