English writer; born at Portsea on Oct. 22, 1821; fifth daughter of Joseph Moss. She was educated by her parents, and at an early age began with her sister Celia the composition of poems and stories. At sixteen they published by subscription a book of poems entitled "Early Efforts," 1838. A little later Marion went to London and gained a livelihood as a teacher. In 1840 she published three volumes of tales entitled "The Romance of Jewish History," which were followed by "Tales of Jewish History." By this time the sisters were engaged in literary work for different publications, including the "Bradford Observer," the "Metropolitan Magazine," and Jewish periodicals. In August, 1845, Marion married Alphonse Hartog, of whom she had been taking French lessons, and shortly after her marriage established a boarding-and day-school for young children, which she continued to conduct until 1884. In 1855 she founded the "Jewish Sabbath Journal," but the cares of her school and family absorbing all her time, and the journal not proving a financial success, it was discontinued.
Many of Mrs. Hartog's children have become eminent. Of her sons, Numa Edward Hartog was senior wrangler at Cambridge; Marcus and Philip Hartog are distinguished men of science. Her daughters are Mme. Arsène Darmesteter, the portrait-painter, and Cécile Hartog, the composer and pianist.
- Jew. Chron. Aug. 23, 1895;
- Young Israel. Oct., 1898.