“The Duchess” Who Wasn’t Day doesn’t celebrate a duchess who didn’t exist, but rather an Irish woman who did exist yet wasn’t a duchess, despite being referred to as one overseas.
Now, I won’t go into who she was and what she wrote (she was a writer) as I’d just be regurgitating the Day’s entry, but what I will regurgitate is that she coined the phrase “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, which I always attributed (in my head, thankfully) to Shakespeare. Boy, is my face red.
Margaret Wolfe Hungerford was her name and she died in 1897, so 115 years ago, but her memory lives on in her works and the aforementioned popular expression that is frequently used in books, plays, and by people with monobrows. As a writer myself, I’d say that there’s little more you could ask for than that… aside from perhaps a day in your honour. Lucky, lucky Duchess.