Rhoda Broughton

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Rhoda Broughton (November 29, 1840 – June 5, 1920) was a novelist.

Rhoda Broughton was born in Denbigh in north Wales. From an educated and well-to-do family, as a young girl she developed a taste for literature, especially poetry, and was encouraged by her father to pursue a career in writing.

Her uncle, Sheridan le Fanu, was a successful author and he assisted in having her first two novels published in 1867. She would go on to a successful career, writing more than 25 novels plus a large number of short stories. Her story “The Man with the Nose”, narrated from a male viewpoint, is a masterpiece of subtle horror. The story’s last sentence, quite innocent in itself, intensifies the horror of all that has previously occurred in this story.

Her final years were spent at Headington Hill, near Oxford where she died.

Partial bibliography

  • Cometh up as a Flower – (1867)
  • Not Wisely, But Too Well – (1867)
  • Red as a Rose is She – (1870)
  • Good-bye, Sweetheart! – (1872)
  • The Temple Bar – (1872)
  • Nancy – (1873)
  • Tales for Christmas Eve – (1873)
  • Joan – (1876)
  • Second Thoughts – (1880)
  • Belinda – (1883)
  • Doctor Cupid – (1886)
  • Alas! – (1890)
  • Mrs. Bligh – (1892)
  • A Beginner – (1893)
  • Scylla or Charybdis? – (1895)
  • Dear Faustina – (1897)
  • Foes in Law – (1899)
  • The Game and the Candle – (1899)
  • Lavinia – (1902)
  • A Waif’s Progress – (1905)
  • Mamma – (1908)
  • The Devil and the Deep Sea – (1910)
  • Between Two Stools – (1912)
  • Concerning a Vow – (1914)
  • A Thorn in the Flesh – (1917)
  • A Fool in her Folly – (1920)