Marie Corelli

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Corelli, Marie

(kərĕl`ē), pseud. of

Mary Mackay

(məkī`), 1855–1924, English novelist. Her popular, highly moralistic books, written in flamboyant, pretentious prose, include A Romance of Two Worlds (1886), Thelma (1887), Barabbas (1893), and The Sorrows of Satan (1895). She was Queen Victoria's favorite novelist.


See biographies by E. Bigland (1953) and W. S. Scott (1955).

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The case of Marie Corelli is different from that of Haggard.
In stark contradistinction to the opium-eater who maintains that he 'loses none of his moral sensibilities, or aspirations' but simply becomes incapable of acting upon them (67), Marie Corelli's fin-de-siecle novel Wormwood recounts an entirely different story wherein absinthe functions as a gateway to extreme moral depravity and even insanity.
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Although "Marie Corelli" claimed noble Italian ancestry, it now appears that she was the natural child of Charles Mackay (a rather unsuccessful journalist and poet) and a servant in his household named Mary Elizabeth Mills.
See Teresa Ransome, Miss Marie Corelli: Queen of Victorian Bestsellers (Stroud: Sutton Publishing, 1999); and Annette R Federico, Idol of Suburbia: Marie Corelli and Late-Victorian Literary Culture (Charlottesville and London: The University Press of Virginia, 2000).
While being made up, she buried her nose in A Romance of Two Worlds by Marie Corelli, an author favoured by Queen Victoria.
Chapters cover not only the Edgeworthian rational moralists and the neo-Puritan Evangelicals of Sherwood's camp but also the writers of industrial novels and waif fiction such as Hesba Stretton's Jessica's First Prayer (1867); domestic novelists from Catherine Sinclair to Marie Corelli; autobiographical writings by women whose fictions Brown treats elsewhere in this study, such as Charlotte M.
Like the heroine of Marie Corelli's mystical romance, Life Everlasting, she believed that we ruin our lives through our "sad and morbid fancies, and think of illness when you might just as well-think of health."(25) Inspired by the novel, Bell wrote that by "asserting my will power I shall in the future enjoy the exhiliration (sic) of strength and brightness in spite of dark clouds.
Their topics include mesmerism and medicine in Bulwer-Lytton's novels of the occult, from Poe to Edison, The House of the Seven Gables, George Eliot's The Lifted Veil and the cultural politics of clairvoyance, Marie Corelli's magnetic revitalizing power, and Arthur Doyle's domestic desires.
GEORGE Wimpey West Midlands has been granted full planning permission to develop the former Marie Corelli Special School on Drayton Avenue in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Fashionable Victorian occult writer Marie Corelli never wanted a man in her life.