FARNINGHAM, Marianne (Mary Ann Hearn). b. Farningham, Kent, 17 Dec 1834; d. Barmouth, Merioneth, Wales, 16 March 1909. She took the pseudonym of Farningham from her birthplace, but she also used other pseudonyms, including ‘J.S. Robertson’ (for a life of David Livingstone, the great missionary explorer) and ‘Eva Hope’ (for an account of Grace Darling, the heroine of the Farne Islands).
She was a prolific and successful writer, beginning with Lays and Lyrics of Blessed Life, consisting of Light from the Cross and other poems (1860), and continuing with many books of stories, biographies and poems, often for young people. In later life she became interested in writing for women, publishing...
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