Margaret Raine Hunt

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Margaret Hunt (1831–1912) was a British novelist[1] and translator of the tales of the Brothers Grimm.[2]


Born Margaret Raine,[3] daughter of James Raine,[4] she also wrote under the pseudonym Averil Beaumont.[5][6] Her husband was the artist Alfred William Hunt. Her older daughter was the novelist Violet Hunt;[7] her younger daughter Venetia married the designer William Arthur Smith Benson (1854–1924).

In the 1880s, a family friendship with Oscar Wilde was developed through her literary connections. In addition to writing her novels she translated a definitive edition of Grimm's Fairy Tales.

Margaret's grave and those of her husband and daughter are in the Glades of Remembrance at Brookwood Cemetery.[citation needed]


The following list is a selection of novels written by Hunt,[5]

In 1884 she produced the two volume Grimm's Household Tales (Bell & Sons, Covent Garden), with an introduction by Andrew Lang.


  1. ^ John Sutherland (1990) [1989]. "Hunt, ... [Margaret]". The Stanford Companion to Victorian Literature. p. 314. 
  2. ^ Grimm's household tales, trans. & ed. by Margaret Hunt with an intro. by Andrew Lang,
  3. ^ Hunt [née Raine], Margaret (1831–1912), novelist Oxford Biography Index Number 101055789 Primary authority: Oxford DNB
  4. ^ "Hunt, Margaret". Who's Who, 59: p. 896. 1907. 
  5. ^ a b Joanne Shattock, ed. (2000). "The late Nineteenth Century Novel". The Cambridge bibliography of English literature; Volumes 1800–1900 4. Cambridge University Press. pp. 1581–1582. ISBN 978-0-521-39100-9. 
  6. ^ Room, Adrian (2010). Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins By (5 ed.). McFarland. p. 53. ISBN 0-7864-4373-1. 
  7. ^  Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Hunt, Alfred William". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

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