Pearl Mary Teresa Craigie

Pearl Mary Teresa Craigie

Pearl Mary Teresa Craigie (November 3, 1867 - August 13, 1906), Anglo-American novelist and dramatist, who wrote under the pen-name of John Oliver Hobbes, was born at Boston, USA.

She was the eldest daughter of John Morgan Richards, a businessman in Boston, Massachusetts, and was educated in London and Paris. When she was nineteen she married Reginald Walpole Craigie, by whom she had one son, John Churchill Craigie: but the marriage proved an unhappy one, and was dissolved on her petition in July 1895. She was brought up as a Nonconformist, but in 1892 was received into the Roman Catholic Church, of which she remained a devout and serious member.

Her first little book, the epigrammatic "Some Emotions and a Moral", was published in 1891 in Mr Fisher Unwin's "Pseudonym Library", and was followed by "The Sinners Comedy" (1892), "A Study in Temptations" (1893), "A Bundle of Life" (1894), "The Gods, Some Mortals, and Lord Wickenham". "The Herb Moon" (1896), a country love story, was followed by "The Schoolfor Saints" (1897), with a sequel, "Robert Orange" (1900).

Mrs Craigie had already written a one-act proverb, "Journeys esui in Lovers Meeting", produced by Ellen Terry in 1894, and a three-act tragedy, "Osbern and Ursyne", printed in "the Anglo-Saxon Review" (1899), when her successful piece, "The Ambassador", was oroduced at the St James's Theatre in 1808. "A Repentance" (one act, 1899) and "The Wisdom of the Wise" (1900) were produced at the same theatre, and "The Flute of Pan" (1904) first at Manchester and then at the Shaftesbury Theatre; she was also part author of "The Bishops Move" (Garrick Theatre, 1902).

Later books are "The Serious Wooing" (1901), "Love and the Soul Hunters" (1902), "Tales about Temperament" (1902), "The Vineyard" (1904). Mrs Craigie died suddenly of heart failure in London.


*"Some Emotions and a Moral", (1891)
*"A study in Temptations", (1893)
*"The Gods, Some Mortals, and Lord Wickensham", (1895)
*"A Bundle of Life", (1894)
*"Robert Orange", (1900)
*"The Serious Wooing", (1901)
*"Love and the Soul Hunters", (1902)
*"The Vineyard", (1904); "Flute of Pan", (1905)
*"The Dream and the Business", (1906)


*"Journeys End in Lovers' Meeting", (1894), for Ellen Terry
*"The Ambassador", (1898)
*"A Repentance", (1899).

External links

*worldcat id|lccn-n50-64680
* [ Catholic Encyclopedia article]


* J. M. Richards, "Life of John Oliver Hobbes Told in her Correspondence with Numerous Friends", (New York, 1911)

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