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A mid-Victorian writer of great versatility, Dora Greenwell published four books of religious discourse, nine collections of poetry, two volumes of essays, and two biographies. She occasionally contributed to periodicals, both her own prose as well as translations, and she edited a number of short stories. Bibliographic Citation link. Much of her writing was religious in subject or motivation. Her poetry dealt with contemporary concerns such as the position of women, as did her prose, in which her topics also included the education of people with disabilities and the abolition of slavery.
6 December 1821 DG was born at Greenwell Ford, Lanchester, Durham, one of five children and her parents' only daughter. Bibliographic Citation link.
1860 One of DG's most popular works appeared, a volume of religious essays titled The Patience of Hope, dedicated to Josephine Butler; she referred to herself allusively as 'the author of A Present Heaven' (issued five years before). Bibliographic Citation link.
1869 DG produced Carmina Crucis or 'Songs of the Cross', a collection of devotional poetry containing some of her best-known compositions. Bibliographic Citation link.
29 March 1882 DG died at 7 Oakfield Road, Clifton, after several years of ill health and depression. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
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