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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Author: Fanny Osborne

Author: Fanny Osborne (1818–1878)

Alternate Name(s): Cooper (maiden name); Mrs. David Osborne (alternate name)

Biography: Frances "Fanny" Osborne was born around 1818 in London, the third daughter of the painter Abraham Cooper, R. A. In 1837, she married the Rev. David Osborne of Hope Bay, Jamaica and the couple had two children. On the return to England, her husband died at sea in 1853. While in Jamaica and then after, she wrote a number of works aimed at young adult readers. Sadly, her son also died at sea in 1872. She died on 6 August 1878 in Ramsgate.

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References: British Census (1861, 1871); DNB (Abraham Cooper); Globe (31 August 1878)

Fiction Titles:

  1. The Voice of Many Waters: A Tale for Young People.  1 vol.  London: Effingham Wilson, 1848.
  2. Oceanus: or, A Peaceful Progress o'er the Unpathed Sea.  1 vol.  London: Longman, 1850.
  3. Black Sam and his Master: A Tale of the West Indies.  1 vol.  London: Darton and Co., 1854.
  4. Susan.  1 vol.  London: Darton and Hodge, 1862.
  5. Corner Cottage and its Inmates: or, Trust in God.  1 vol.  London: Griffith and Farran, 1869.