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Esther Hallam Meynell née Moorhouse (1878 – 4 February 1955) was an English writer.[1][2][3] She is best known for The Little Chronicle of Magdalena Bach, a fictional autobiography of Anna Magdalena Bach, the wife of composer Johann Sebastian Bach, and for Nelson’s Lady Hamilton, about the life of Emma, Lady Hamilton, mistress of Lord Nelson. She also wrote many books about the County of Sussex, where she lived.[1] Her novel Time's Door (1935) belongs to the genre of science fiction; it features a violinist who "timeslips" to the 18th century where he becomes involved with Bach.[2]

Meynell was born in Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire. She was the niece by marriage of the poet and suffragette Alice Meynell. She died in Brighton, Sussex.[1][2]

Selected worksEdit

  • Nelson's Lady Hamilton (1906)
  • Samuel Pepys: Administrator, Observer, Gossip (1909)
  • Nelson in England: A Domestic Chronicle (1913)
  • The Little Chronicle of Magdalena Bach (1925)
  • Grave Fairytale: A Romantic Novel (1931)
  • Time's Door (1935)
  • Sussex Cottage (1937)
  • English Spinster (1939)
  • Woman Talking (1940)
  • Country Ways (1942)
  • Young Lincoln (1944)
  • Cottage Tale (1946)
  • Portrait of William Morris (1947)
  • Sussex (County Books series) (1947)
  • Small Talk in Sussex (1954)


  1. ^ a b c Death notice and obituary in The Times (London, England), Monday, 7 February 1955, pages 1, 8, and 10.
  2. ^ a b c "Meynell, Esther". Revised 2 February 2017. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction ( Entry by 'JC', John Clute. Retrieved 2018-04-29.
  3. ^ "MEYNELL, Esther Hallam (E. Hallam Moorhouse)", Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2016; online edition, Oxford University Press, 2014. Retrieved 2016-05-05. (subscription required)

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