Anna Maria Hall

Anna Maria Hall bigraphy, stories - Irish novelist

Anna Maria Hall : biography

6 January 1800 – 30 January 1881

Anna Maria Hall (6 January 1800 – 30 January 1881) was an Irish novelist who often published as "Mrs. S. C. Hall". She married Samuel Carter Hall, the writer on art, who described her in Retrospect of a Long Life, from 1815 to 1883.London: Bentley & Co., 1883. She was born Anna Maria Fielding in Dublin, but left Ireland at the age of 15.


Hall was a prolific writer; she wrote some 50 titles. Ireland was the theme for several of her most successful books, such as Sketches of Irish Character (1829), Lights and Shadows of Irish Character (1838), Marian (1839), and The Whiteboy (1845).

She wrote numerous stories for children, like Grandmamma’s Pockets (1849) and Midsummer Eve: a fairy tale of love (1870), and she was editor of the Juvenile Forget Me Not, an annual published in London (1829–37).

Other works were The Buccaneer, Can Wrong Be Right?As Mrs. S. C. Hall, monthly installments in St James’s Magazine, April 1861–March 1862, and in two volumes, London, 1862. and many sketches in the Art Journal, of which her husband Samuel Carter Hall was editor, and Sharpe’s London Magazine. With her husband she also collaborated on a work entitled Ireland: Its Scenery, Character, etc. (1841–43).Many other titles appear under Mrs. S. C. Hall in the British Library Integrated Catalogue.