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The Vicissitudes Of Bessie Fairfax

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The  Vicissitudes Of   Bessie Fairfax
Harriet Parr (1828-1900) was a British author of the Victorian era, who wrote under the pseudonym Holme Lee.The daughter of a commercial traveler, Parr was born in the English city of York on 31 January 1828. She never married and worked initially as a governess before finding success as a writer with her first book, Maude Talbot, in 1854. From then until 1883, Parr produced approximately one novel a year, all published by the London firm Smith, Elder & Co., under the pen name Holme Lee. Charles Dickens, having enjoyed one of Parr’s early books, purchased three stories from her for the Christmas numbers of his weekly magazines.[1] One of these included a hymn that would later be republished in various Protestant hymnals in Britain and the United States.[2] Parr also wrote several volumes of fairy tales for children, plus some works of non-fiction, most of the latter under her real name.

She lived for many years at Shanklin on the Isle of Wight, where she died on 18 February 1900.[3]

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