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About the Author: Dinah Maria Mulock Craik

Dinah Maria Craik (born Dinah Maria Mulock, also often credited as Miss Mulock or Mrs. Craik) was an English novelist and poet. She was born at Stoke-on-Trent and brought up in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.

After the death of her mother in 1845, Dinah Maria Mulock settled in London about 1846. She was determined to obtain a livelihood by her pen, and, beginning with fiction for children, advanced steadily until placed in the front rank of the women novelists of her day. She is best known for the novel John Halifax, Gentleman (1856). She followed this with A Life for a Life (1859), which she considered to be the best of her novels, and several other works. She also published some poetry, narratives of tours in Ireland and Cornwall, and A Woman's Thoughts about Women (1858).

She married George Lillie Craik a partner with Alexander Macmillan in the publishing house of Macmillan & Company, and nephew of George Lillie Craik, in 1864. They adopted a foundling baby girl, Dorothy, in 1869.

At Shortlands, near Bromley, Kent, while in a period of preparation for Dorothy's wedding, she died of heart failure on 12 October 1887, aged 61. Her last words were reported to have been: "Oh, if I could live four weeks longer! but no matter, no matter!" Her final book, An Unknown Country, was published by Macmillan in 1887, the year of her death.

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Paperback, Published in Feb 2008 by Book Jungle

ISBN10: 1605970581 | ISBN13: 9781605970585

Page count: 496

Dinah Maria Mulock Craik was a British novelist who began by writing children's books. In 1857 she wrote John Halifax, Gentleman, which is considered to be her best work. John Halifax, Gentleman is the classic story of a poor boy who through hard work and the highest of morals makes good. It was one of the first novels to have a tradesman as hero. The mood in Britain at this time echoed the Great Exhibition's empathizes on industry and technology. The opening words of John which were "Sir I want work" began a tale that reflected the values of the Protestant ethic.

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