Born: January 31, 1828, York, Yorkshire, England.
Christened: February 24, 1828, St. Michael-Le-Belfry church, York.
Died: February 18, 1900, Shanklin, Isle of Wight.
Pseudonym: Holme Lee
Parr never married, and worked initially as a governess before succeeding as a writer with her first book, Maude Talbot.
From then until 1883, she produced approximately one novel a year, all published by the London firm of Smith, Elder & Company, under the pen name Holme Lee.
Charles Dickens, having enjoyed one of Parr’s early books, purchased three stories from her for the Christmas numbers of his weekly magazines. Her hymn Hear Our Prayer, O Heav’nly Father was one of these, appearing in the article The Wreck of the Golden Mary.
Parr also wrote several volumes of fairy tales for children, plus some works of non-fiction, most of the latter under her real name.
Parr lived in Shanklin, Isle of Wight, for many years, where records list her as an authoress, novelist, and essayist.
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