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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Author: Anna Harriet Drury

Author: Anna Harriet Drury (1824–1912)

Biography: Anna Harriet Drury was born in 1824 in Harrow, the daughter of the Rev. William James Joseph Drury (1791–1878) and granddaughter of Mark Drury (d. 1835). Both her father and grandfather taught at Harrow School. Through her connection to the school, Drury met and befriended Anthony Trollope who later assist her literary endeavours. In her twenties, she published Annesley and Other Poems (1847) then turned to fiction with Friends and Fortune (1849). Thereafter, she lived by her pen writing some two dozen books, a handful of which were aimed at a juvenile audience. By the 1880s, she lived in Devon. Drury never married and died in 1912 in Newton Abbot.

References: British Census (1881, 1901, 1911); J. C. Jeaffreson, Novels and Novelists (1858)

Fiction Titles:

  1. Friends and Fortune: A Moral Tale.  1 vol.  London: William Pickering, 1849.
  2. Eastbury: A Tale.  1 vol.  London: William Pickering, 1851.
  3. Light and Shade: or, The Young Artist. A Tale.  1 vol.  London: William Pickering, 1853.
  4. The Blue Ribbons: A Story of the Last Century.  1 vol.  London: Kerby and Son, 1855.
  5. Misrepresentation: A Novel.  2 vol.  London: John W. Parker, 1859.
  6. Deep Waters: A Novel.  3 vol.  London: Chapman and Hall, 1863.
  7. The Brothers: A Novel.  2 vol.  London: Chapman and Hall, 1865.
  8. The Three Half-Crowns: A Story for Boys.  1 vol.  London: S. P. C. K., 1866.
  9. Richard Rowe's Parcel: A Story for Boys.  1 vol.  London: S. P. C. K., 1868.
  10. The Normans: or, Kith and Kin.  2 vol.  London: Chapman and Hall, 1870.
  11. Five Pounds Reward.  1 vol.  London: S. P. C. K., 1871.
  12. The Story of a Shower: A Novel.  2 vol.  London: Bentley, 1872.
  13. Ellen North's Crumbs.  1 vol.  London: S. P. C. K., 1873.
  14. Furnished Apartments.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1875.
  15. Gabriel's Appointment: A Novel.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1877.
  16. Called to the Rescue.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1879.
  17. In the Enemy's Country: or, The Raven of Steinbrück. A Story of 1813.  1 vol.  London: Griffith and Farran, 1891.