The Duchess Who Wasn’t Day is celebrated on August 27 of every year. The celebration of this day commemorates the life, times, and works of Margaret Wolfe Hungerford, an Irish author. She is most well known for her book named Molly Bawn. Celebrate Duchess Who Wasn’t Day as a tribute to the writer Hungerford.
“Mistakes are a great educator when one is honest enough to admit them and willing to learn from them.” – Anonymous
History of The Duchess Who Wasn’t Day
The day was first celebrated by anonymous creators. But this day is observed to honor Margaret Wolfe Hungerford. She had written anonymously under the pen name called ‘The Duchess,’ and hence the day is named so. It was, however, unknown why the date was chosen for the celebration. Since Hungerford had spent her life as a writer anonymously, and so people think that this day is called the Duchess Who Wasn’t Day. Margaret Wolfe Hungerford was born on April 27, 1855, in County Cork. From childhood, she was fond of writing stories which even won her prizes in her school days. From 1876, The Duchess took writing seriously shortly after her first husband’s death to support her family. Phyllis was her first book, followed by the famous book Molly Bawn. It is she who wrote the famous phrase “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” in her book Molly Bawn. The Duchess had written at least 57 works under the pen name, and it is believed that she would have done more.
Other Celebrations on August 27
August 27 is also celebrated as
How to Celebrate the Day
The best way to celebrate the day is by reading her books on this day as an honor for her. You can even read the other anonymous authors’ books and novels to mark a celebration for all other unknown writers. Post and share The Duchess Who Wasn’t Day celebration pictures on social media using the hashtag #TheDuchessWhoWasn’tDay.
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