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Author: Emma Maria Pearson (1828–1893)
Biography: Emma Maria Pearson was born in 1828 in Greater Yarmouth, Norfolk, the daughter of Captain Charles Pearson, R.N. At young age she joined the Red Cross as a nurse. Together with her friend Louisa E. McLaughlin (1836–1921), she served in the Franco-Prussian War and the Serbo-Turkish War. Based on her travels and experiences as a nurse, she wrote several memoirs including Our Adventures During the War of 1870 (1871) and Service in Servia Under the Red Cross (1877). Pearson turned her hand to fiction as well, producing two novels. Strangely, her fiction did not advocate the same women's rights she enjoyed in life. By the 1880s, she superintended nurses at a London hospital. She never married and died in 1893 in Florence.
References: British Census (1881); Times (8 June 1893)