Margaret Strickland

Margaret Strickland

Margaret Strickland (born c. 1880, died 1970) was a prolific writer of magazine stories and novels for adults and children, including the Michael Gerahty detective novels. Her works and papers have been collected by New York University's Fales Library.[1]

Margaret Strickland was a great niece of the famous literary Strickland sisters. Her grandfather, Thomas Strickland, was the youngest brother of Agnes, Jane and Elizabeth Strickland, and Catherine Traill. Agnes was the best known of the family and is remembered for her monumental work, The Lives of the Queens of England (1840-48). Margaret suggests that Thomas was viewed as the black sheep of the family, and he was barely mentioned in either of the biographies of Agnes Strickland. Several of Thomas' siblings, including Catherine and another brother, Samuel, immigrated to Canada, where Catherine wrote a number of books and novels and Samuel founded the city of Lakeside.

Margaret had two sisters, both noted for their ability in drawing animals and staid, country scenes. Agnes Strickland is still remembered for her botanical illustrations, and Diana Mary (later Mrs. Mallet Veale) moved to Rhodesia and became well known for her illustrations of native life. Early examples of the artistic work by these talented sisters include twelve issues of the Illustrated Amateur Magazine, a small 'publication' Margaret created with her sisters from 1897-1899.

Strickland's adult stories are often of a romantic nature, involving the upper and middle classes and incorporating mystery or suspense. She was a great niece of the then-famous Agnes Strickland, author of The Lives of the Queens of England (1840-48).


  1. ^ NYU's Fales Library and Special Collections Guide to the Margaret Strickland Papers

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