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Augusta Webster wrote poetry, two novels (one for children), drama, and journalism, including book reviews and criticism, in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Despite her translations from and imaginative interpretations of classical literature, her poetic voice is very much of the Victorian period in its fascination with the dramatic. In her eight volumes of original poetry she experimented with form, achieving particular power and originality with the dramatic monologue. One of her four plays was staged, and some of her columns on social, political, and literary issues were collected into a volume. Her high reputation as a poet in her own day soon faded after her death, but she has recently experienced a critical revival based on her more politically charged and feminist works.
30 January 1837 Julia Augusta Davies (later AW) was born at Poole in Dorset. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 13 October 1860 AW began publishing under her male pseudonym 'Cecil Home' with a volume of verse, Blanche Lisle and Other Poems. Bibliographic Citation link.
February 1870 AW's Portraits, a volume of thirteen dramatic monologues containing "A Castaway", was published. Bibliographic Citation link.
5 September 1894 AW died of cancer at her home, Springfield, on Kew Gardens Road in Kew, just outside London. Bibliographic Citation link.
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