Marryat, Florence (1837–1899)

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Marryat, Florence (1837–1899)

British novelist. Name variations: Mrs. Florence Church; Mrs. Lean. Born July 9, 1837, in Brighton, England; died Oct 27, 1899, in London; 6th dau. of 4 sons and 7 daughters of Frederick Marryat (1792–1848, novelist) and Catharine (Shairp) Marryat; sister of Augusta, Blanche and Emilia Marryat (all writers); m. Colonel T. Ross Church, 1854 (div.); m. Colonel Francis Lean, 1879.

Published father's correspondence (1872) and edited London Society (1872–76); traveled extensively in India with first husband and worked as speaker, entertainer, and journalist; published almost 60 novels, including Temper (1859), Love's Conflict (1865), "Gup": Sketches of AngloIndian Life and Character (1865), No Intentions (1874), A Star and A Heart (1879), Peeress and Player (1883), The Spirit World (1894) and The Folly of Allison (1899).