Mary Grant Bruce – children’s authorPosted: April 4, 2013 | |
The publication of Mary Grant Bruce‘s first book, The Little Bush Maid was reported in The Traralgon Record on 14 October 1910. The following excerpt is from the Australian Dictionary of Biography‘s listing on Bruce.
Although she wrote many books, her most famous were the Billabong series, begun when she was writing weekly stories for the children’s pages of the Leader, where A Little Bush Maid first appeared in serial form. The story proved so successful that the Linton family was launched. At her editor’s suggestion she posted the completed novel to Ward, Lock & Co. in London where it was published in 1910 under the authorship ‘Mary‘, regarded as more marketable than ‘Minnie’.
On the centenary of Mary Grant Bruce’s birth, The Australian Women’s Weekly published a tribute article, making reference to the last of Bruce’s books – Billabong Riders published in 1942. The photograph shows Bruce on the left with a friend around 1900 when she was 22 years old.
Mary Grant Bruce’s books are very collectible. The International League of Antiquarian Bookstores has some notes here about collecting her works, including first editions.