Ethel M. Dell

David Tanner (Independent Scholar - Europe)
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The paranoidally shy and reclusive romantic novelist Ethel M. Dell was born July 1881 in Wandsworth and died on the 17th September 1939 in Hertford. With narratives heavily influenced by her immediate environment, she released ninety-eight titles in narrative form, film, theatre and radio, in the UK and colonies, The United States, Canada, and in Europe.

In 1918 Dell was noted as #6 in Publisher’s Weekly list of best-selling authors, and in 1920 she appeared in the top twelve best sellers also in the United States. British readership was also significant, and, by 1929, seven of her titles, excluding her seminal work The Way of an Eagle (1912), had combined …

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Citation: Tanner, David. "Ethel M. Dell". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 June 2022 [, accessed 28 May 2023.]

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