Marie Corelli (1855-1924)

Best selling and most highly paid author of her time…..her books were read by royalty to the poorest of shop girls.She took up the cause for protecting Shakespeare’s legacy in Stratford Upon Avon becoming one of the first true conservationists. She apparently did not mince her words either, much to the annoyance of the male hierachy in the town.Marie was often seen in a gondola on the River Avon having brought a gondolier over from Venice….what a sight that must have been to behold! The beautiful angel that has stood over her grave was vandalised and toppled to the ground causing much damage,but thankfully now it has been mended having been sent to The City & Guild School of Art in London for restoration and is now back in place.SUACemMariaCorelliAngel1