Mary Howitt, (12 March 1799 – 30 January 1888) was an English poet. She was born Mary Botham at Coleford, in Gloucestershire, the temporary residence of her parents, while her father, Samuel Botham, a prosperous Quaker of Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, was looking after some mining property. Samuel had married his wife Ann in South Wales in the 18th century in the year 1796 when he was 38 and she was 32. They had four children Anna, Mary, Emma and Charles. Their Queen Anne house is now known as Howitt Place.
Mary Botham was educated at home, and read widely; she commenced writing verses at a very early age. Together with her husband she wrote over 180 books.
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- Reading: Mary was a wide reader. She read many books which inspired her to write her own.
- Literature: Mary Howitt wrote more than one hundred eighty books.