Corelli, Marie (kərĕlˈē) [key], pseud. of Mary Mackay məkĪˈ, 1855–1924, English novelist. Her popular, highly moralistic books, written in flamboyant, pretentious prose, include A Romance of Two Worlds (1886), Thelma (1887), Barabbas (1893), and The Sorrows of Satan (1895). She was Queen Victoria's favorite novelist.
See biographies by E. Bigland (1953) and W. S. Scott (1955).