Mary Chavelita Dunne Bright was born in Melbourne, Australia back in 1859 to John and Isabel. Her family moved several times when she was young ending up in Dublin, Ireland. She was schooled in Germany where she had a talent as an artist and linguistics. Her mother died when she was 14 so she moved to New York where she married Henry however, that marriage ended in divorce just a year later.
After the marriage dissolved she had a brief romance with Knut inspiring her to write. In 1899, she married Egerton who was a second-rate minor novelist she returned to rural Ireland and as they say the rest is history. I’m writing about her today not because of her failed marriages but for her writing. You see she was a true pioneer in her day.
Maybe her name doesn’t ring a bell but you may know her by her pseudonym name of “George Egerton”. She is considered one of the most important New Woman writers of the nineteenth century. Her short story “Keynotes” made her a success on both side of the Atlantic. She died in Sussex inn 1945 at 85.