Catherine Gore

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Catherine Grace Frances Gore

Catherine Grace Frances Gore (Moody) (1799 – January 29, 1861) was a British novelist and dramatist, daughter of a wine merchant at Retford, where she was born. Her father died at the time of her birth, and in 1801 her mother married a London physician, Charles D. Nevinson, so she is sometimes referred to as "Miss Nevinson" by contemporary reviewers and in scholarship. She is amongst the best known of silver fork writers – authors of the "long" Regency era depicting the gentility and etiquette of high society.[1]


Gore was born in London and raised in East Retford and London. Her first novel, Theresa Marchmont, or The Maid of Honour, was published in 1824. Her first major success was Pin Money, published in 1831, but her most popular and well-known novel was to be Cecil, or Adventures of a Coxcomb published in 1841. Gore also found success as a playwright, writing eleven plays that made their way to the London stage, though her plays never quite became as famous as her witty novels.

She married Lieutenant Charles Arthur Gore, with whom she resided mainly on Continental Europe, supporting her family by her voluminous writings. Between 1824 and 1862 she produced about 70 works, the most successful of which were novels of fashionable English life. Among these may be mentioned Manners of the Day (1830), Cecil, or the Adventures of a Coxcomb (1841), and The Banker's Wife (1843). She also wrote for the stage, and composed music for songs.

In 1853 her daughter Cecilia married the spendthrift and womaniser Lord Edward Thynne[2]

Gore's 1861 obituary in The Times concluded that Gore was "the best novel writer of her class and the wittiest woman of her age."

Novels by Catherine Gore[edit]

  • The Broken Hearts (1823)
  • Theresa Marchmont, or the Maid of Honour (1824)
  • The Bond: A Dramatic Poem (1824)
  • Richelieu, or the Broken Heart (1826)
  • The Lettre de Cachet: A Tale (1827)
  • The Reign of Terror: A Tale (1827)
  • Hungarian Tales (1829)
  • Romances of Real Life (1829)
  • Women as They Are, or The Manners of The Day (1830)
  • The Historical Traveller (1831)
  • The School for Coquettes (1831)
  • Pin Money: A Novel (1831)
  • The Tuileries: A Tale (1831)
  • Mothers and Daughters: A Tale of the Year 1830 (1831)
  • The Opera: A Novel (1832)
  • The Fair of Mayfair (1832)
  • The Sketchbook of Fashion (1833)
  • Polish Tales (1833)
  • The Hamiltons, or the New Era (1834)
  • The Maid of Crossey, King O'neil, and The Queen's Champion (1835)
  • The Diary of a Désennuyée (1836)
  • Mrs. Armytage, or Female Domination (1836)
  • Stokeshill Place, or The Man of Business (1837)
  • The Rose Fancier's Manual (1838)
  • Mary Raymond and Other Tales (1838)
  • The Woman of the World (1838)
  • The Cabinet Minister (1839)
  • The Courtier of the Days of Charles II, with other Tales (1839)
  • A Good Night's Rest (1839)
  • Dacre of the South, or the Olden Time: A Drama (1840)
  • The Dowager, or the New School for Scandal (1840)
  • Preferment, or My Uncle the Earl (1840)
  • The Abbey and Other Tales (1840)
  • Greville, or a Season in Paris (1841)
  • Cecil, or Adventures of a Coxcomb (1841)
  • Cecil, A Peer (1841)
  • Paris in 1841 (1842)
  • The Man of Fortune and Other Tales (1842)
  • The Ambassador's Wife (1842)
  • The Moneylender (1843)
  • Modern Chivalry, or a New Orlando Furiso (1843)
  • The Banker's Wife, or Court and City (1843)
  • Agathonia: A Romance (1844)
  • Marrying for Money (in Omnibus of Modern Romance (1844)
  • The Birthright and Other Tales (1844)
  • Quid per Quo, or the Day of The Dupes, a Comedy (1844)
  • The Popular Member: The Wheel of Fortune (1844)
  • Self (1845)
  • The Story of a Royal Favourite (1845)
  • The Snowstorm: A Christmas Story (1845)
  • Peers and Parvenus: A Novel (1846)
  • New Year's Day: A Winter's Tale (1846)
  • Men of Capital (1846)
  • The Debutante, or The London Season (1846)
  • Sketches of English Character (1846)
  • Castles in The Air: A Novel (1847)
  • Temptation and Atonement and Other Tales (1847)
  • The Inundation, or Pardon and Peace: A Christmas Story (1847)
  • The Diamond and the Pearl: A Novel (1849)
  • Adventures in Borneo (1849)
  • The Dean's Daughter, or The Days We Live In (1853)
  • The Lost Son: A Winter's Tale (1854)
  • Transmutation, or The Lord and the Lost (1854)
  • Progress and Prejudice (1854)
  • Mammon, or The Hardships of an Heiress (1855)
  • A Life's Lessons: A Novel (1856)
  • The Two Aristocracies: A Novel (1857)
  • Heckington: A Novel (1858)



  1. ^ Catherine Gore 1799(?) – 1861
  2. ^ Margaret Escott (2009). "THYNNE, Lord Edward (1807-1884), of 2 Richmond Terrace, Mdx.". In D.R. Fisher. The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1820-1832. Cambridge University Press. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 

External links[edit]

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainCousin, John William (1910). A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature. London: J. M. Dent & Sons. Wikisource