Adeline Sergeant

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Adeline Sergeant
Born (1851-07-04)4 July 1851
Ashbourne, Derbyshire
Died 4 December 1904(1904-12-04) (aged 53)
Bournemouth, Dorset
Nationality English
Occupation Writer

Adeline Sergeant (4 July 1851 – 4 December 1904) was an English writer.


Born Emily Frances Adeline Sergeant at Ashbourne, Derbyshire, the second daughter of Richard Sergeant and Jane (Hall),[1] she was home schooled until the age of thirteen, when she attended school in Weston-super-Mare. Her mother was a writer of stories for youngsters that were published under the pen name 'Adeline'; Emily later adopted this name for her own writings.[2] At fifteen a collection of Emily's poems were published in a volume that received positive notice in Weslayan periodicals. She won a scholarship to attend Queen's College, London. Her father died in 1870, and for several years she became a governess at Riverhead, Kent.[3]

In 1882, her novel Jacobi's wife resulted in a small award of £100,[1] and the work was published serially in London. For the next several years her writings were serialized in the Dundee newspaper, where she lived from 1885-7. Adeline then moved to Bloomsbury, London, where she earned enough keep to support herself through her writings.[3] In the late 1880s she developed an interest in Fabianism and the plight of the poor in London.[2] Over her literary career, she produced over ninety novels; with some involving a religious theme. Her religious views evolved over time, including a period in the 1880s when she was briefly agnostic.[1] Finally, she converted to Catholicism at the end of the century. Emily served as literary adviser to the publishing company R. Bentley & Sons.[2] She frequently traveled abroad, making trips to Egypt and Palestine. In 1901 she moved to Bournemouth, where she died in 1904.[3]


  • Beyond recall[3] (1882)
  • Jacobi's wife[3] (1882)
  • An open foe. A romance[4] (1884)
  • No saint[3] (1886)
  • Roy's repentance; a novel[4] (1888)
  • Seventy times seven: a novel[4] (1888)
  • A life sentence: a novel[4] (1889)
  • The luck of the house: a novel (1889)
  • Esther Denison[3] (1889)
  • Name and fame: a novel[4] (1890)
  • A true friend: a novel[4] (1890)
  • Brooke's daughter: a novel[4] (1891)
  • Christine; a novel[4] (1892)
  • The story of a penitent soul[3] (1892)
  • Under false pretenses[3] (1892)
  • In Vallombrosa[3] (1894)
  • The surrender of Margaret Bellarmine. A fragment (1894)
  • The mistress of Quest; a novel[4] (1895)
  • Out of due season : a mezzotint[4] (1895)
  • The failure of Sibyl Fletcher: a novel[4] (1896)
  • The idol maker[3] (1897)
  • The Lady Charlotte: a novel[4] (1897)
  • Margaret Wynne[4] (1898)
  • The story of Phil Enerby[3] (1898)
  • A rise in the world; a novel[4] (1900)
  • My lady's diamonds[4] (1901)
  • This body of death[3] (1901)
  • Daunay's tower : a novel[4] (1901)
  • A soul apart[3] (1902)
  • Anthea's way[3] (1903)
  • Beneath the veil[3] (1903)
  • The passion of Paul Marillier[4] (1908), posthumous


  1. ^ a b c Sutherland, John (1990), The Stanford Companion to Victorian Fiction, Stanford University Press, pp. 564–565, ISBN 0804718423. 
  2. ^ a b c "Overview: Adeline Sergeant (1851—1904) novelist", Oxford Index, retrieved 2016-08-03. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1912). "Sergeant, Adeline". Dictionary of National Biography, 1912 supplement​. 3. London: Smith, Elder & Co. pp. 291–292. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Browsing Authors With Titles: Sergeant, Adeline", The Online Books Page, University of Pennsylvania, retrieved 2013-02-26. 

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