|NOVELIST, TRANSLATOR (ENGLAND)|
BORN 14 Oct 1831, Durham: Crook Hall - DIED 1912|
GRAVE LOCATION Woking, Surrey: Brookwood Cemetery (plot 056)
Margaret Raine was a novelist who also used the name Averil Beaumont. Her father James Raine (1791-1858) was an antiquarian and a topographer. She met the painter Alfred William Hunt in 1857 and they married in 1857. Hunt was modest and quiet and Margaret was good looking, witty and her directness sometimes offended people. Her daughter Violet (1862-1942) became a succesful novelist and her daughter Venetia (b.1863) married the designer W.A. Smith Benson. They had a third daughter, Sylvia.
During the 1880s the family befriended Oscar Wilde. Alfred Tennyson based his "Margaret" on her. Among her novels were "Under Seal of Confession" (1874, as A. Beaumont), "The Leaden Casket" (1880), "Thornicroft's Model" (1881, as A. Beaumont), "The Governess" (1912, together with Violet Hunt). In 1884 she translated tales by the Brothers Grimm.
Daughter: Hunt, Violet
Husband: Hunt, Alfred William (1861-1896)
was a friend of Wilde, Oscar
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Margaret Raine Hunt - Wikipedia