Brown, Susan, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, eds. Dorothy Wellesley entry: Overview screen within Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press Online, 2006. <http://orlando.cambridge.org/>. 25 January 2022.
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Dorothy Wellesley, writing in the earlier twentieth century, published a dozen volumes of poetry. She was also an editor of contemporary poetry, a letter-writer, critic, biographer and autobiographer. Her association first with the Hogarth Press and later with W. B. Yeats helped to give her a high profile. Her poetry typically looks back from the modern world, either to ancient history and prehistory, or to her own childhood. She voices a strong feeling for the natural world and a philosophic questioning about origins and principles.
30 July 1889 Dorothy Violet Ashton (later DW) was born at Heywood Lodge at White Waltham in Berkshire, the only daughter of her parents' marriage, and the eldest of her mother's children. Bibliographic Citation link.
1925 DW's poetry volume Lost Lane included what became one of her most famous poems, "Horses". Bibliographic Citation link.
By October 1955 DW published Early Light, a collection of her poems which she intended to embody everything that she wished to preserve. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
11 July 1956 DW died, a few years short of seventy, at her home at Penns in the Rocks at Withyham. Bibliographic Citation link.
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