Author Information At the Circulating Library

Author: Ella J. Curtis (1850–1910)

Alternate Name(s): Shirley Smith (pseudonym)

Biography: Ella J. Curtis was born in 1850 in Ireland. Nothing is known of her antecedents. By her late twenties, she was working as a struggling journalist and novelist in London, living (in 1881) as a boarder in a home for ladies of limited means. Under the pseudonym "Shirley Smith," she wrote a half-a-dozen novels for Hurst and Blackett, dedicating her first All for Herself (1877) to George John Whyte-Melville. Curtis never married and died in 1910 in Dorset.

References: British Census (1881, 1901); Times (9 August 1910)

Titles:

  1. All for Herself.  3 vol.  London: Hurst and Blackett, 1877.
  2. His Last Stake.  3 vol.  London: Hurst and Blackett, 1878.
  3. St. Martin's Summer.  3 vol.  London: Hurst and Blackett, 1880.
  4. Redeemed.  3 vol.  London: Hurst and Blackett, 1882.
  5. Favourite of Fortune.  3 vol.  London: Hurst and Blackett, 1886.
  6. A Game of Chance: A Novel.  3 vol.  London: Hurst and Blackett, 1889.