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Anna Eliza Bray (1790–1883)

Bray, Anna Eliza. An English woman of letters; born in London, Dec. 25, 1790; died there, Jan. 21, 1883. Her maiden name was Kempe; she studied for the stage, but in 1818 was married to Charles A. Stothard, son of the famous artist, and after his death became the wife of the Rev. Edward A. Bray, vicar of Tavistock. From 1826 to 1874 she wrote at least a dozen novels, one of which, ‘The Talba, or the Moor of Portugal,’ brought her the acquaintance of Southey. She wrote the ‘Life of Thomas Stothard’ (1856), and many books of travels. Her letters addressed to Southey on the superstitions and scenery of Tavistock, entitled ‘The Borders of the Tamar and the Tavy’ (3 vols., 1836; new ed. 1879), and ‘A Peep at the Pixies, or Legends of the West’ (1854), are esteemed. Mrs. Bray’s ‘Autobiography’ appeared in 1884.