Hesba Stretton (1832-1911)

Sarah Smith [pseud. Hesba Stretton] was a highly successful British novelist and short story writer. Charles Dickens published her first stories and encouraged her writing career. "Jessica's First Prayer" ("Sunday at Home," July 1866), a novel for children and the newly literate working classes, was a tremendous success, selling over two million copies in Stretton's lifetime, translated into fifteen European and Asian languages, printed in Braille, and placed in all Russian schools. Smith generated numerous children's books: "Fern's Hollow" (1864), "Enoch Roden's Training" (1865), and "The Children of Cloverley" (1865). The author fought for the creation of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in 1884.

1865 circa 5 years
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