London: William Pickering, 1852. First edition. Spine a bit rubbed, a few light spots on front cover. A very good copy. Full tan smooth calf, gilt double-ruled covers, gilt-decorated spine with black morocco label, marbled edges. Small octavo. iv, 290 pp. Item #15853
Mary Kelty (1789-1873) was the daughter of an Irish surgeon. Influenced by the novels of Jane Austen, she published her novel The Favourite of Nature (1821) anonymously, dedicating it to Joanna Baillie. It was favorably received by Harriet Martineau. She followed it with several other novels, but then, after the sudden deaths of her parents, turned to religious pursuits, trying out several sects and going to faith healers. She wrote on Quaker themes in Early Days in the Society of Friends (1840) and Memoirs of the Lives and Persecutions of the Primitive Quakers (1844), and explored the workings of religion in individual lives in Facts and Feelings (1841). The present work, her autobiography, was highly regarded.
See the Oxford DNB and The Feminist Companion to Literature in English.