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Constance Naden was a poet, atheist, scientific theorist, and philosopher. Her verse, published early in her short, late-nineteenth-century career, reflects her interests in the biological sciences, the question of evolution, issues of religious faith and doubt, and the position of women. In both dramatic monologues and third-person narrative poems, she presents dilemmas of the head and heart in contemporary and historical settings with vivid perception and often with humour or even satire. After publishing two collections of poetry she abandoned writing verse. An accomplished student of science, she produced a number of speeches on scientific and political subjects, and later turned to philosophical writing, most of which remained unpublished till after her death.
24 January 1858 CN was born at 15 Francis Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, the only child of her parents. Bibliographic Citation link.
22 October 1889 CN made a visit back to Mason College in Birmingham to deliver an address on Herbert Spencer's The Principles of Sociology to the sociological section of the Birmingham Natural History and Microscopical Society. Bibliographic Citation link.
23 December 1889 CN died following an operation for "severe internal illness," Bibliographic Citation link. probably ovarian cysts, at her home, 114 Park Street in Mayfair, London. Bibliographic Citation link.
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