About The Duchess who wasn't Day
At least once on this day repeat the following now-famous quotation from the novel Molly Bawn: "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."
As the author of those words, Margaret Wolfe Hungerford often wrote under the pseudonym "The Duchess," which was the title of her most popular novel—hence the name of this event. A popular romance novelist with about 40 books published, Hungerford was born at Rosscarbery, County Cork, Ireland, on April 27th 1855; she died at Bandon, County Cork, in 1897.
The Duchess Who Wasn’t Day is celebrated every year on August 27th to recognize Margaret’s life, times, and works. It is unclear why August 27 was picked to respect her, as it isn’t her birth or death day.
(Originated by the late Peggy Shirley.)