Helen Cecelia Black

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Helen Cecelia Black, née Spottiswoode (1838 - 8 February 1906) was an English journalist, best known for the series of interviews with women writers published in book form in 1893 as Notable Women Authors of the Day.

Life[edit]

Helen Spottiswoode was born in Bengal, India, the daughter of Arthur Cole Spottiswoode and Jessy Eliza Loveday. In 1856 she married Thomas Black, a captain and company manager for P&O. She founded St Mary’s Cottage Hospital, a charity hospital specializing in leg ailments, in Southampton in 1872. After her husband's death in 1879, she moved to London and worked as a journalist for periodicals including the Lady’s Pictorial, Womanhood, Black and White, The Sketch and Queen. Her friends included Sarah Grand and Marie Corelli.[1]

Works[edit]

  • Notable women authors of the day; biographical sketches, 1893
  • Pen, pencil, baton and mask; biographical sketches, 1896
  • From Deal to South Africa, 1901

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ann R. Hawkins; Maura C. Ives (2012). Women Writers and the Artifacts of Celebrity in the Long Nineteenth Century. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 153. ISBN 978-0-7546-6702-5.