Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924

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Marie Corelli was an enigmatic and compelling personality whose colorful personal life and fertile imagination made her the most popular writer of her time. The narrative drive of her stories, combined with exotic settings and passionate conviction, helped overcome the stylistic concerns of literary critics to make her and her writing a phenomenon of turn-of-the-century popular culture.

From the description of Marie Corelli letters and postcards, 1894-1924. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 49848575

Pseudonym of Mary Mackay, English popular novelist.

From the description of Autograph letters signed : Earls' Court, [London]; and Killiecrankie Cottage, Nr. Pitlochry, Perthshire, to F.H. Fisher, 1895 June 21 and 1896 Aug. 4. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270125546

From the description of Autograph letter signed : to an unknown correspondent, 1906 July 23. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270125548

Born 1855. Adopted in infancy by Charles Mackay, a songwriter and litterateur, and brought up in England. Afterwards sent to France and educated in a convent, where she received musical training. Her first book, 'A Romance of Two Worlds', 1886, was an instant success and from that time she devoted herself to literature. Later resident at Mason Croft, Stratford-upon-Avon [now the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham]. Died 21 April 1924. Publications: 'Vendetta', 1886; 'Thelma', 1887; 'Ardath', 1889; 'Soul of Lilith', 1892; 'Barabbas', 1893; 'The Sorrows of Satan', 1895; 'Mighty Atom', 1896; 'The Murder of Delicia', 1896; 'Ziska: the Problem of a Wicked Soul', 1897; 'Jane', 1897; 'Boy', 1900; 'The Master Christian', 1900; 'Temporal Power, A Study in Supremacy', 1902; 'God's Good Man', 1904; 'Free Opinions', 1905; 'The Treasure of Heaven', 1906; 'Holy Orders', 1908; 'The Devil's Motor', 1910; 'The Life Everlasting', 1911; 'Innocent, Her Fancy and His Fact', 1914; 'The Young Diana', 1917; 'My Little Bit, A Record of War Work', 1919; 'The Love of Long Ago', 1920; 'The Secret Power', 1921. [Compiled from 'Who Was Who, 1916-1928']

From the guide to the Manuscript for 'The Life Everlasting', by Marie Corelli, 1901, (University of Birmingham Information Services, Special Collections Department)

British novelist.

From the description of Marie Corelli collection, 1885-1932 (bulk 1892-1921). (Bryn Mawr College). WorldCat record id: 43422688

Marie Corelli was an English novelist, short-story writer, and essayist.

From the description of Marie Corelli, 1893-1955 bulk (1893-1945). (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122686829

From the guide to the Marie Corelli collection of papers, 1893-1955, 1893-1945, (The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.)

Marie Corelli, British popular novelist.

From the description of Marie Corelli manuscript material : 1 item, 1896 (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 132680526

From the guide to the Marie Corelli manuscript material : 1 item, 1896, (The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.)

Marie Corelli, British poet and novelist.

From the description of Marie Corelli collection, 1885-1947. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702148176

From the description of Marie Corelli collection, 1885-1947. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 81186972

English author.

From the description of Letters [manuscript] : London, to [Michael?] Ciardiello, 1889-1892, n.d. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647830882

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Glasgow, to Mr. Bovill, 1904 Sept. 25. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270519651

Mary Mackay, who is known by the pseudonym Marie Corelli, was born in London in 1855. Her parentage is uncertain, but it has been argued that her adoptive father, the poet and song writer Charles Mackay, was her biological father as well. She was trained in music, and in 1884 made her debut as an improvisational pianist, but her musical career was short-lived. Corelli achieved far greater success as a writer; her novels, many of which deal with spiritualism, were extraordinarily popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, although they received little critical acclaim. She died in 1924.

From the guide to the The Marie Corelli Collection, 1880-1927 (inclusive), (Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University)

Marie Corelli was the pen name of Mary MacKay, born May 1, 1855 in Bayswater, London, England; she was the best selling author of her time, writing 27 novels, several collections of short stories, a book of verse, and a number of essays; most popular works include The sorrows of Satan, or, The strange experiences of one Geoffrey Tempest, millionaire : a romance (1895), Thelma : a society novel (1887), and Barabbas : a dream of the world's tragedy (1893); died Apr. 21, 1924.

From the description of Papers, ca. 1880-1930. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 38000062

British poet and author.

From the description of The Marie Corelli collection, 1880-1927 (inclusive). (Yale University). WorldCat record id: 122369959

From the description of The Marie Corelli collection, 1880-1927 (inclusive). (Yale University). WorldCat record id: 702190948

Biography

Marie Corelli was the pen name of Mary MacKay, born May 1, 1855 in Bayswater, London, England; she was the best selling author of her time, writing 27 novels, several collections of short stories, a book of verse, and a number of essays; most popular works include The Sorrows of Satan, or, The Strange Experiences of One Geoffrey Tempest, Millionaire: A Romance (1895), Thelma: A Society Novel (1887), and Barabbas: A Dream of the World's Tragedy (1893); died April 21, 1924.

From the guide to the Marie Corelli Papers, ca. 1880-1930, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.)

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creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924. Letters [manuscript] : London, to [Michael?] Ciardiello, 1889-1892, n.d. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Cabell, James Branch, 1879-1958. Papers of James Branch Cabell [manuscript], 1915-1930. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924. Marie Corelli collection, 1885-1947. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924. The Marie Corelli collection, 1880-1927 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924. Letter to the Editor of the "Independent." London, Eng. 1885 Mar. 22. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924. Autograph letter signed : to Miss Millais, [1896 Apr. 4]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Fales Manuscript Collection, ca. 1700-2000 Fales Library & Special Collections
creatorOf Marie Corelli collection, 1885-1947 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Aikin-Kortright, Fanny, 1821-1900. Letters by nineteenth century women authors, 1851-1917. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924. Portion of an autograph letter signed : [n.p.], to an unidentified recipient, [n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924. Papers, ca. 1880-1930. University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf Curtis Brown Ltd. Records, 1906-1960. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Marie Corelli Papers, ca. 1880-1930 University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
referencedIn A. P. Watt and Son. Records, 1861-1971 bulk (1880-1949). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924. Marie Corelli collection, 1885-1932 (bulk 1892-1921). Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924,. Autograph letters signed from Marie Corelli to Augustin Daly [manuscript], 1890-1891. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924. Autograph letter signed : Stratford-on-Avon, to Miss Thomson, 1912 Jan. 15. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Curtis Brown Ltd records, 1906-1960 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn A. P. Watt & Son, 1883-1917. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Letters sent to Walter Hines Page from various correspondents, English period, 1876-1937. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924. Letter to [?]. Stratford-On-Avon, Eng. 1922 Dec. 15. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924. Autograph letter signed : to J.E. Millais, 1895 Dec. 24. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924. Marie Corelli letters and postcards, 1894-1924. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924. Autograph letters signed : Earls' Court, [London]; and Killiecrankie Cottage, Nr. Pitlochry, Perthshire, to F.H. Fisher, 1895 June 21 and 1896 Aug. 4. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn James Russell Lowell additional papers, 1736-1951. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924,. Autograph letters signed from Marie Corelli to various recipients [manuscript], 1885-1922. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924. Autograph letter signed : to J.E. Millais, 1896 Apr. 3. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Marie Corelli collection of papers, 1893-1955, 1893-1945 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924. Autograph letter in the third person, dated : North Berwick, 12 August 1897, to John B. Beattie, 1897 Aug. 12. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924. Autograph letters signed (6) and telegram form (1) : Stratford-on-Avon, to Constable & Co., 1905 Sept. 9-1906 Jan. 11. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Robertson, George, 1860-1933. Correspondence. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924. Letter : Mason Croft, Stratford-on-Avon, to "Mrs. Warden," 1912 June 11. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924. Letters to William E. Doubleday. [London, Eng.] 1896. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf The Marie Corelli Collection, 1880-1927 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
referencedIn Fales Manuscript Collection, ca. 1700-2000 Fales Library & Special Collections
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924. The Marie Corelli collection, 1880-1927 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn Literary Manuscripts collection, 1666-1990 Free Library of Philadelphia: Rare Book Department
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924. Letter to Mr. Ellis. London, Eng. 1916 May 19. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Doubleday, W. E. (William Elliott), b. 1865. Correspondence, 1866-1931. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Liebert, Herman W.,. Herman W. Liebert manuscript collection, 1604-1987. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924. Autograph letter signed : to an unknown correspondent, 1906 July 23. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn A. P. Watt and Son records, 1861-1971, 1880-1949 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn Herman W. Liebert manuscript collection, 1604-1987 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Kipling, Rudyard, 1865-1936. Colt-Kipling Collection letters. Library of Congress
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924. Byron : the man and the poet, 1915 Feb. 5. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924. Autograph letter signed : London, to Mrs. Barkis, 1913 Dec. 7. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924. Letters : Stratford-on-Avon, to Samuel Claggett Chew, London, 1921 Oct. 18-Nov. 16. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
referencedIn William Roscoe Thayer papers, 1762-1927 (inclusive), 1872-1921 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn James B. Pinker and Son correspondence concerning John Galsworthy, 1901-1946. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Manuscript for 'The Life Everlasting', by Marie Corelli, 1901 University of Birmingham Information Services, Special Collections Department
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924. Autograph letters signed (3) : Stratford-on-Avon, to unidentified recipients, 1906 Mar. 20, 1908 Jan. 20 and [n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924,. Autograph letter signed from Marie Corelli, Stratford-on-Avon, to an unidentified recipient [manuscript], 1905 September 12. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Marie Corelli manuscript material : 1 item, 1896 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924. Autograph letter signed : Stratford-on-Avon, to Mr. Rodwell, 1904 Dec. 15. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924. Autograph letter signed : London, to Lady Dorothy, [n.d.] "Monday." Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn A.P. Watt (Firm). A.P. Watt records, 1888-1982 (major authors C-G). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924. Letter to [?]. Stratford-On-Avon, Eng. 1913 Oct. 9. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Manuscript for 'The Life Everlasting', by Marie Corelli, 1901 University of Birmingham Information Services, Special Collections Department
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924. Autograph letter signed : Glasgow, to Mr. Bovill, 1904 Sept. 25. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn A.P. Watt (Firm). A.P. Watt & Son correspondence, 1883-1917. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924. Autograph letter signed : to Miss Millais, 1896 May 29. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Liebert, Herman W.,. Herman W. Liebert manuscript collection, 1604-1987. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924. Marie Corelli collection, 1885-1947. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924,. Autograph letter signed from Marie Corelli to unidentified recipient [manuscript], 1909 December 1. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924. Marie Corelli, 1893-1955 bulk (1893-1945). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924. Autograph letters signed (7) : Stratford-on-Avon, to Mr. Meredith, 1905 July 4-1906 Jan. 23. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924. Marie Corelli manuscript material : 1 item, 1896 New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Moulton, Louise Chandler, 1835-1908. Papers of Louise Chandler Moulton [manuscript] 1874-1908. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Haggard, H. Rider (Henry Rider), 1856-1925. H. RIder Haggard papers, 1866-1956. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924. Letter to Anne Procter. Stratford-on-Avon, Eng. [18--] July 17. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records, 1832-1944. Houghton Library.
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Great Britain
Stratford-upon-Avon (England)
England
Stratford-on-Avon, England
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Women authors, English--Correspondence
Songs
National characteristics, Scottish
Authors, English--19th century--Archives
Women authors, English--Archival resources
Scots
Suffrage--Women
Women authors
Authors, English--19th century--Correspondence
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Authors, English--19th century
Women authors--England
Women authors, English--Archival resources
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Birth 1855-05-01

Death 1924-04-24

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