Emilia Marryat

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Emilia Marryat (later Emilia Marryat Norris; 1835?–1875[1]) was a British author. The daughter of author Capt. Frederick Marryat and his wife Catherine, she was known as a children's author who wrote adventure novels infused with moral lessons in the style of her father. Some of her novels, including Amongst the Maoris (1874), are set in the Pacific and New Zealand.[2] Amongst the Maoris is the first novel to take the Waikato region of New Zealand's North Island as a setting.[3] Though two of her novels have Australian content, she is not known to have ever visited the country.[1]

Her sisters Florence and Augusta were also authors: Augusta wrote adventure fiction (Left to Themselves: A Boy's Adventure in Australia (1878)),[2] and Florence was a prolific author of sensationalist novels who also acquired a reputation for hanging out with spiritual mediums.


A full bibliography is available in The Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature: 1800-1900, Vol. 4.[4]

  • Temper (1854)
  • Henry Lyle (1856)
  • The Early Station in Life (1867)
  • Paul Howard's Captivity and Why He Escaped (1876)
  • The Stolen Cherries, or Tell the Truth at Once (1869)
  • Amongst the Maoris (1874)
  • The Sea-Side Home and the Smugglers' Cave (1875)


  1. ^ a b Arnold, John; Hay, John A.; Kilner, Kerry (2007). The Bibliography of Australian Literature: K-O to 2000. U of Queensland P. p. 309. ISBN 9780702235986. 
  2. ^ a b Moffat, Kirstine. "Five Imperial Adventures in the Waikato". Journal of New Zealand Literature. 29 (2): 37–65. JSTOR 41410924. 
  3. ^ Clark, Louise (2011). "Fictional Geographies: Versions of the Waikato in Juvenile Fiction, 1874-1907". Journal of New Zealand Literature. 29 (2): 89–107. JSTOR 41410926. 
  4. ^ Shattock, Joanne (1999). The Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature: 1800-1900. Cambridge UP. pp. 1629–30. ISBN 9780521391009. 

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