Margaret Raine Hunt

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Margaret Raine Hunt

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 Plot 56 at Brookwood Cemetery.


Hunt's grave in Brookwood Cemetery

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. Vol. 59. 1907. p. 896. 
  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. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Hunt, Alfred William". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

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