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Martin, Frances, 1829-1922

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    • Mary Anne Frances
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    • Martin, Mary Anne Frances, 1829-1922
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        Richmond (Richmond upon Thames, London, England)
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    • found: Macmillan's magazine, 1874:volume 29, number 171, pages 185-205 (Little Jack, [by] Frances Martin)
    • found: Michelle and Little Jack, 1878:title page (by Frances Martin)
    • found: Rhona, 1879:advertisments page 11 (Michelle, and Little Jack, by Frances Martin, author of "The life of Angélique Arnauld")
    • found: Angélique Arnauld, 1873:title page (Angélique Arnauld: Abbess of Port Royal, by Frances Martin, 1873)
    • found: Elizabeth Gilbert and her work for the blind, 1887:title page (Frances Martin, author of "Angélique Arnauld," etc. etc.)
    • found: Spring-time with the poets, 1866:title page (Frances Martin, Superintendent of the Bedford College School)
    • found:, May 12, 2016(Michelle and Little Jack, by Frances Martin of the Bedford College School)
    • found: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, via WWW, May 12, 2016(Martin, (Mary Anne) Frances (1829-1922), educationist and author, was born in Richmond, Surrey, where she was baptized on 4 November 1829, the daughter of Edward Curtiss Martin (1788/9-1853) and Matilda Caroline (1793/4-1878); in 1849 she became one of the earliest students at Queen's College, Harley Street, London; in 1853 the council of the ladies' college at Bedford Square, London, decided to set up a school to prepare girls for the college and Frances Martin was appointed governess (or lady superintendent); she was a successful teacher, stimulating her pupils to produce a volume of their own poems, Springtime among the Poets, published in 1866; she bitterly resented their decision in March 1868 to close the school; remaining unmarried, and of independent financial means, Frances Martin was active in London philanthropic and publishing circles; she supported Elizabeth Gilbert's efforts to provide employment for blind people (see her 'Blind Workers and Blind Helpers', published in the Cornhill Magazine, May 1864) and was later Gilbert's biographer (1887; 2nd edn, 1891); in 1867 her friend the publisher Alexander Macmillan put her in editorial charge of a series of religious biographies, The Sunday Library for Household Reading; her own well-regarded Angélique Arnaud, Abbess of Port Royal (1873), based on French sources (she spent lengthy periods in France), remained until the early twentieth century the standard work in English on its subject; from 1864 Frances Martin was involved in the Working Women's College, founded in Bloomsbury by Elizabeth Malleso; when, in 1874, the college council decided to admit men she was among a minority who held out for a single-sex institution, and established the College for Working Women; she was the first honorary secretary and Macmillan, who in 1879 helped to secure permanent premises at 7 Fitzroy Street, was treasurer; she remained as honorary secretary, and later acted as principal, until standing down in 1910; Frances Martin died on 13 March 1922 at her home, 3 Foley Avenue, Hampstead, following what a coroner's inquest found to be an accidental fall; she was buried in Hampstead cemetery at the foot of Jane Benson's grave; the College for Working Women was renamed the Frances Martin College and maintained an independent existence until 1966, when it was merged with the London Working Men's College)
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    • 2016-05-12: new
    • 2016-05-13: revised
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