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Frances Browne (1816–1879)

Author of Granny's Wonderful Chair

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Do not confuse with the Australian writer Frances Brown (no e at the end of the surname).

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Frances Browne was born at Stranorlar, County Donegal, Ireland, in a family of twelve children. She was blind from the age of 18 months following an attack of smallpox. She began writing poems in early childhood. Her first poems were published in 1841 in the Irish Penny Journal and in the London Athenaeumm and her first complete volume of poems appeared in 1844. She became widely known as "The Blind Poetess of Ulster." She also wrote essays, reviews, and short stories, many of which were published in magazines with a largely female readership, such as The Ladies' Companion. In 1852, she moved to London, where she published her first novel, My Share of the World (1861). Her best-known work, Granny's Wonderful Chair, was published in 1856.
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