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“The Duchess” Who Wasn’t Day

🗓️ August 27

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“The Duchess” Who Wasn’t Day: A Tribute to Margaret Wolfe Hungerford

“The Duchess” Who Wasn’t Day is a homage to the Irish author Margaret Wolfe Hungerford, who scribed her stories under the cloak of a pen name. “The Duchess.”
Dive into the quill-drawn world of Margaret Wolfe Hungerford and tip our hats to the sly duchess of tales.

The Duchess Diaries

Margaret Wolfe Hungerford, was born in 1851 in County Cork, Ireland.
She published her first novel, “The Fair of Mayfair,” in 1875 and went on to publish over 70 novels, including “Molly Bawn,” “A Golden Sorrow,” and “Lady Branksmere.” The Duchess was particularly fond of using the idiom “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” in several of her novels.
She was a pioneer for women writers, and she helped to pave the way for other female authors.

The Origin of “The Duchess” Who Wasn’t Day:

“The Duchess” Who Wasn’t Day was created by an unknown group of fans of Margaret Wolfe Hungerford. As long as their names are unknown, it might be appropriate to call them the “Duchies”.
Conceived to honor Margaret Wolfe Hungerford and her cunning use of a pseudonym, this day encourages us all to embrace the allure of mystery and storytelling. 

How to Celebrate “The Duchess” Who Wasn’t Day

Ready? Here’s the scoop on how to make the most of this event:

  • Get Acquainted:
    Read one of Margaret Wolfe Hungerford’s novels.
  • Create a Pen Name:
    Channel your inner wordsmith and christen yourself with a whimsical pseudonym.
  • Mingle with the Masters:
    Dive into a world of books by other authors who rocked pen names, just like our cunning duchess. It’s a pen name party, and everyone’s invited!
  • Host a Literary Soiree:
    Gather your bookish pals for a night of reading and revelry.
  • Dress the Part:
    Don your fanciest attire or get whimsically creative with your costume. Channel your inner duchess (or duke) and let the literary spirit take over!
  • Write&Share:
    And when it’s time to spread the word across the digital landscape, remember the hashtag #TheDuchessWhoWasntDay.
    And if you’re feeling extra cheeky, add a snapshot of you pretending to be a noble in your garden, surrounded by your animal companions and house plants.

The Grand Finale

So here’s to you, Margaret Wolfe Hungerford, for giving us words that dance, worlds that spark curiosity, and a reason to throw a literary shindig.
May your books be ever engaging and your tea always warm.
Now, my fellow explorers of the written word, if anyone raises an eyebrow and asks you why you are celebrating “The Duchess” Who Wasn’t Day by dressing up as Margaret Wolfe Hungerford and reading one of her novels in a public place, just wink and say Wild Calendar granted you the privilege! And don’t forget to tell them that they can join the fun, too! May your pages be ever-turning and your adventures never-ending.
Happy “The Duchess” Who Wasn’t Day!

“Beauty is altogether in the eye of the beholder.”
(Margaret Wolfe Hungerford)

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