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Mary Findlater (1865-1963) - Novelist

She was born on 26th March 1865 at Lochearnhead,
Perthshire, the daughter of a minister of the Free Church of Scotland. Her sister Jane Findlater was also a novelist and her lifelong companion and collaborator. The sisters were educated at home but on the death of their father in 1886 they moved to live in Prestonpans, East Lothian. The success of Jane's first novel The Green Graves of Balgowrie (1896) enabled the family to live in Devon where they remained until the outbreak of World War I, when they chose to live in London. After a stay in Rye, they lived in Comrie, Perthshire, where Mary died on 22 November 1963.

Although she lacked her sister's ability to draw realistic characters and to evoke social backgrounds, Mary's own novels, which are well-told comedies of manners, are not without their merits. The Rose of Joy (1903) debates the relative values of marriage, and is saved from over- seriousness by her ability to draw on life's absurdities. Besides other novels, she wrote one collection of verse, Songs and Sonnets (1895). With Jane she collaborated in the writing of three novels and two collections of short stories and they wrote The Affair at the Inn (1904) and Robinetta (1911) with Kate Douglas Wiggin and 'Allan McAulay' (the pseudonym of the novelist Charlotte Stewart).

Works: Songs and Sonnets (1895); Over the Hills (1897); Betty Musgrave (1899); A Narrow Way (1901); The Rose of Joy (1903); A Blind Bird's Nest (1907); Tentsofa Night (1914) with Jane Findlater: Tales that are Told (1901); Crossriggs (1908); Penny Monypenny (1911); Content with Flies (1916); Seen and Heard Before and After 1914 (1916); Beneath the Visiting Moon (1923) with Jane Findlater, Kate Douglas Wiggin and Allan McAulay: The Affair at the Inn (1904); Robinetta (1911).

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