1828-1900

January 31, 1828, York, Yorkshire, England.

February 24, 1828, St. Michael-Le-Belfry church, York.

February 18, 1900, Shanklin, Isle of Wight.

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 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, 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, & essayist. Her works include:

  1. Hear Our Prayer, O Heav’nly Father