Bray, Mrs. (Anna Eliza), 1790-1883

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Birth 1790-12-25
Death 1883-01-21

Biographical notes:

English novelist.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : the Vicarage, Tavistock, to an unidentified correspondent, 1849 Sept. 20. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270133696

Epithet: of Add MS 36509

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000987.0x00028b

Anna Eliza Bray was a popular English romance novelist, writing meticulously researched historical fiction and local histories. During her prime, she was as productive and popular as any of her contemporaries. Eliza Bray was also a close friend of the poet laureate, Robert Southey, and his wife.

From the description of Anna Eliza Bray letters, 1829-1872. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 52605429

Anna Eliza Bray was an English novelist. In 1818 she married artist Charles Alfred Stothard, who died in 1821. Two years later she married Rev. Edward Atkyns Bray, the vicar of Tavistock. She then started writing, and from 1826 to 1874 she published several works of fiction. However, her most popular novels were those based on the history of the principal families of the counties of Devon and Cornwall where she lived, such as THE BORDERS OF THE TAMAR AND TAVY (1836), which were written in the form of letters to good friend, the poet Robert Southey. Among her other works are BRANDED, FRITZ AND FRITZ-FORD: AN HISTORICAL ROMANCE, GOOD ST. LOUIS AND HIS TIMES, TRELAWNEY, and THE WHITE HOODS: AN HISTORICAL ROMANCE.

From the description of Anna Eliza Bray collection, 1823-1852. (Peking University Library). WorldCat record id: 74215768

Anna Eliza Bray, English novelist and writer. Bray wrote about a dozen novels, chiefly historical, and some travel accounts. Her Description of the part of Devonshire bordering on the Tamar and the Tavy (1836) is in the form of letters to Robert Southey, of whom she was a great friend.

From the description of Anna Eliza Bray manuscript material : 2 items, 1824 (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 76945453

From the guide to the Anna Eliza Bray manuscript material : 2 items, 1824, (The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.)


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