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Dempster, Charlotte Louisa Hawkins, 1835-1913



  • Existence: 1835 - 1913

Biographical Note

Charlotte Louisa Hawkins Dempster was born in 1835, in Forfar, Scotland. She published her first novel, The Hôtel du Petit St. Jean: a Gascon Story, in 1869. Her books were widely read as popular novels, and one, Véra, was even translated into Russian. Her last work, The Manners of My Time, an autobiography that drew heavily on transcriptions of letters she had written to her uncle, was edited and published after her death by her goddaughter, Alice Knox. In addition to her ten books, Dempster was a contributor to the Edinburgh Review, the North British Review, Blackwood's Magazine, and other periodicals. In 1891, Dempster joined the Roman Catholic Church and helped build the Chapel of St. Charles des Carrières, a small church near Cannes for quarrymen living in the neighborhood. Dempster died in 1913.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Charlotte Louisa Hawkins Dempster letters to George Dempster


The letters comprise thirteen bound volumes containing the correspondence of nineteenth-century Scottish author Charlotte Louisa Hawkins Dempster to her uncle, George Dempster. Also contained in the volumes are ephemera, including playbills and programs.

Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research.

Dates: 1864 - 1910; Majority of material found within 1864 - 1887