Florence Marryat (1833-99) was a novelist, editor, playwright, spiritualist, singer and actress. She wrote around seventy novels during her extraordinary career, adapting some of them for the stage. She also acted with the D’Oyly Carte company in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, and toured with George Grossmith in his revue Entre Nous.
Marryat is best remembered in some circles for her ardent belief in Spiritualism, an interest that was reflected in her writing, most famously in There is No Death.
Although she left behind a vast body of work, there are few accounts of Marryat’s life and no definitive record of her literary output. Fortunately, she has started attracting interest from researchers in the field of Victorian Studies and some of her novels are in print once more.
This website aims to draw together what is known and to make it easier for those with an interest in Florence Marryat to find out more about this most eminent of Victorians.