STEEL, Flora Annie

STEEL, Flora Annie (née Fl. A. Webster). Sudbury, Middlesex 2.4.1847 — Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire 12.4.1929. Mrs. British Author, spent 22 years in India. Daughter of George Webster and Isabella MacCallum. In 1867 married Henry William Steel (1840–1923) of I.C.S. and left for India. They lived mainly in the Punjab until 1889, then back to the U.K. and settled first in Scotland. In the Punjab she worked as Inspectress of Government and Aided Schools. She had one daughter.

Publications: With R. C. Temple: “Folklore in the Panjab”, IA 9-11, 1880-82; Wide Awake Stories. A Collection of Punjab and Kashmir Tales. 457 p. Bombay 1884.

– Tales of the Punjab told by the People. With illustrations by John Lockwood Kipling and notes by R. C. Temple. 395 p. L. 1894; “Folklore in the Panjab”, IA 9-12, 1880-83 (with notes by Temple).

– With G. Garder: The Complete Indian Housekeeper and Cook. 12+330 p. Edinburgh 1890.

– India through the ages; a popular and picturesque history of Hindustan. 16+366 p. L. 1911.

– A tale of Indian heroes: being the stories of the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. 256 p. L. 1923.

– Many novels, often dealing with India, etc.

– The Garden Of Fidelity: Being The Autobiography Of Flora Annie Steel 1847–1929. 11+293 p. L. 1930.

Sources: Buckland, Dictionary; Wikipedia with photo.

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