LADY EVELYN SAVILE’S THREE TRIALS Catherine Gore
Catherine Gore, née Moody (1799-1861), novelist, short-story writer and dramatist, was born in Nottinghamshire. She was brought up in London and educated mainly at home. Married to a captain of the Life Guards and the mother of ten children, she started publishing her witty, socially acute fiction in 1823. Her first success came with Women as they Are; or The Manners of the Day (1830), admired by George IV. She wrote approximately seventy other novels and numerous short stories, mostly of the so-called ‘silver-fork’ school of romances of fashionable life. Most were published anonymously, and in one week in 1841 she brought out two novels in deliberate rivalry with each other. She wrote several novels dealing with the theme of money, including the admired The Banker’s Wife (1843). She came into a £20,000 inheritance in 1850, but was defrauded of it five years later by her guardian, Sir John Dean Paul, who was later imprisoned for embezzlement. She also wrote several dramas, among them a comedy, Quid Pro Quo, which won a £500 prize in 1843. Her husband’s ill-health led to a move to France in 1832, where she supported the family by writing. She lost her sight towards the end of her life (though she continued to write), and returned to live in England. Only two of her children survived her.