Lucy Clifford – Mrs WK Clifford

Another in my intermittent series of posts about authors.

Lucy Clifford (1846-1929) was an English author who wrote under the name Mrs WK Clifford, and was active in the last quarter of the nineteenth century and the early years of the twentieth. As well as being a novelist and dramatist she was a great literary correspondent, conducting voluminous exchanges of letters with among others Henry James. She had a wide circle of literary friends including Rudyard Kipling, George Eliot, and Thomas Huxley.

She was very well known in her day, but I had certainly never heard of her until I picked up my great grandmother’s copy of Woodside Farm the other week. I will discuss that another time. More information about her can be found in this Wikipedia article and on this website devoted to her and her husband, William Clifford, the mathematician.

Her work has been described as sensation fiction and often had a decidedly gothic cast to it for example her short story Wooden Tony. See this article in The Guardian about it.

Her novels & short stories included:

The Anyhow Stories, Moral and Otherwise (1882) – for children
Mrs Keith’s Crime (1885) Available for download here.
Love Letters of a Worldly Woman (1891)
The Last Touches and Other Stories (1892) A review is available here.
Aunt Anne (1893) available for download here.
A Flash of Summer (1895)
Mere Stories (1896)
Woodside Farm (1902)
The Getting Well of Dorothy (1904)

Two of her plays were:
A Woman Alone (1898)
The Likeness of the Night: A Modern Play in Four Acts (1900)

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