During the course of these meanderings, I came across one particular surprise that I couldn't ignore: Southworth lived in London from 1859 to 1862. I knew that Southworth had been popular on this side of the Atlantic, of course, but I didn't know that she'd actually been a resident.
So I started searching for more information about her time in England. And I was even more surprised by one of the first things that popped up: a listing for Southworth in the 1861 census, at a Spa Villa in Croydon. Here she is (courtesy of my parents and their Ancestry subscription - thanks Mum and Dad):
|E.D.E.N. Southworth, 45, Authoress (click to make bigger)|
|George Stiff, 49, Newspaper Proprietor (click to make bigger)|
As it goes, one of Stiff's other special stars was Mary Elizabeth Braddon, who will be appearing in a post around these parts before too long. And I notice that the last time that E.D.E.N Southworth appeared on this blog it was as part of 2012's Countdown to Halloween. Now October's just around the corner again, which means only one thing: the Countdown to Halloween to 2013 starts soon...