Falconer, Lanoe, The Hotel D’Angleterre & Other Stories.
Falconer, Lanoe [pseud. Mary Elizabeth Hawker]. The Hotel D’Angleterre & Other Stories.
London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1891.
Third edition, Pseudonym Library. 12mo. 196pp. Contemporary cream buckram with red leather title label. Somewhat soiled and toned, but strong and handsome. Internally clean, ink ownership to front flyleaf. A neat little collection of stories published in the wake of the success of Mademoiselle Ixe in the rather revolutionary Pseudonym Library series which seems to have provided a number of remarkable women the opportunity to get their words out there in a pleasing format and discreet fashion. Mary Elizabeth Hawker had a brief writing career, primarily due to struggles with ill health, both physical and mental, but her stories are quick and agile, little stiletto stabs of narrative, most pleasing. She died of tuberculosis in 1908, and her mental health never really fully recovered the loss of her mother in 1901, she lives on through a mere handful of tales.
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