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Anna Jane Vardill was an early nineteenth-century poet. She published only two collections; most of her work appeared in the European Magazine, with which her strong connection lasted from 1809 until her marriage in 1822. She wrote most genres popular at the time: occasional poems, narratives (often in series), elegies, and poems about public events and developments in science.
19 November 1781 AJV, an only child, was born in London. She was baptised in Marylebone just over a month later. Bibliographic Citation link.
9 February 1797 The pupils at the Freemasons' Female Charity performed a work of poetry composed by the fifteen-year-old AJV, to music by Dr Samuel Arnold. Bibliographic Citation link.
April 1815 The European Magazine printed AJV's "Christobell, A Gothic Tale", a sequel to Coleridge's "Christabel". Vardill's poem was for years an unsolved conundrum for scholars, since it appeared in print before Coleridge's. Bibliographic Citation link.
31 December 1830 Anna Jane Niven, formerly Vardill, addressed to her five-year-old daughter a letter covering the gift of manuscripts from Eleanor Anne Porden's Attic Chest, and three linked and recent articles: "A Little Girl's Law-Book", "A Young Lady's Law-Book", and "An Old Lawyer's Legends". Bibliographic Citation link.
October 1834 John Abraham Heraud published in Fraser's Magazine his "Reminiscences of Coleridge"; in a detailed discussion of "Christobell, A Gothic Tale", he inclined to the view that it was the work of Coleridge, not AJV. Bibliographic Citation link.
4 June 1852 Anna Jane Niven, formerly Vardill, died in Yorkshire. Bibliographic Citation link.
26 February 1908 William E. A. Axon read to a meeting of the Royal Society of Literature a paper about AJV, offering previously unknown information about her and her poem "Christobell, A Gothic Tale", and debunking the argument that the true author was Coleridge. Bibliographic Citation link.
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