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A. Mary F. Robinson's long career occupied the late decades of nineteenth century and the early decades of the twentieth century. It spanned two countries, England and France, and two languages, English and French. Robinson was generally known as a poet, but published successfully in several genres. Eight poetry collections and one novel bear her name. She also published several biographies (including one of Emily Brontë) and historical essays. A literary critic and translator, she was a useful cultural guide to French readers of English literature—where she gave women writers a prominent place in the literary ranks—and for English readers to the literature of France.
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27 February 1857 AMFR was born at Leamington Spa in Warwickshire, the elder of two daughters. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 24 August 1878 AMFR privately published her first book, a volume of forty-five short lyrics entitled A Handful of Honeysuckle, with a dedication to her parents (who funded it in lieu of a coming-out ball). Bibliographic Citation link.
1886 AMFR published her fourth volume of poetry, An Italian Garden, A Book of Songs, a slim collection generally considered her finest work. Bibliographic Citation link.
1930 AMFR provided an introduction for a travel book by Henriette Renan (sister of the well-known writer Ernest): Souvenirs et impressions: Pologne, Rome, Allemagne, voyage en Syrie. Bibliographic Citation link.
9 February 1944 AMFR died at Aurillac in the Auvergne, France, where she had lived since early in the Second World War. Bibliographic Citation link.
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