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Author: Derenzy, Margaret

Biography:

Derenzy, Margaret, formerly Graves (d 1829: Hollis)

Derenzy emerged as a poet in the late 1820s as "a widowed wife," when she must have been trying to supplement her income. The identity of her husband is not known, nor is there any record of children. In the five years before her death, she wrote occasional poetry, literature for children, a novel (The Old Irish Knight), and advice for married couples. Most of these works were published in the first instance by a local printer, Houlston, in Shropshire or in London. But she was originally an Irishwoman, and before her marriage had contributed to the eight-volume Universal History of Francis Dobbs (q.v.) in Dublin (1788-1800). (WorldCat; O'Donoghue)

 

Other Names:

  • Margaret Graves Derenzy
  • Mrs. Margaret Derenzy
 

Books written (7):

Wellington, Salop./ London: F. Houlston and Son/ Scatcherd and Co., [1824]
Wellington, Salop./ London: F. Houlston and Son/ Scatcherd and Co., [1824]
2nd edn. Wellington: F. Houlston, 1824
Wellington, Salop.: Houston and Son, 1828
Wellington, Salop.: Houlston and Son, 1828
5th edn. Philadelphia: E. L. Carey and A. Hart, 1833