Alice Meynell

Standard Name: Meynell, Alice
Birth Name: Alice Christiana Gertrude Thompson
Indexed Name: A. C. Thompson
Pseudonym: A. C. Thompson
Married Name: Alice Christiana Gertrude Meynell
Pseudonym: Alice Oldcastle
Pseudonym: Francis Phillimore
AM was a late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century poet, as well as the author of criticism, journalism, essays, art reviews, introductions, and translations. Her output amounted to ten essay collections and six poetry volumes during her lifetime (not including those selected or anthologised). AM 's poetry and journalism were both guided by her voluntary obedience to the Catholic Church . Stylistically innovative, her essays pay close attention to form on the one hand and empirical truth on the other. Her reputation during her lifetime was astonishingly high. Male contemporaries like George Meredith and Coventry Patmore ranked her poetry and prose with the greatest writers of the English tradition.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
Tuell, Anne Kimball. Mrs. Meynell and her Literary Generation. Dutton, 1970.
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Black and white photograph of Alice Meynell, shown from the shoulders up. She is wearing a black satin dress with puffed sleeves and a sun-shaped pin in the top left corner of the bodice. She has a strand of pearls around her neck and short, dark curly hair.
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death Katharine Tynan
She was buried in Kensal Green Cemetery, where her lifelong friend Alice Meynell was also buried.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.,
Dedications Katharine Tynan
On hearing of the working title of her volume, Yeats had written, I am sure you will under the circumstances alter the title as the appearance of a book with the title you propose would...
Dedications Rosamund Marriott Watson
She dedicated Vespertilia and Other Verses, which appeared by 30 November 1895, to Alice Meynell with Sincere Admiration and Friendship.
Hughes, Linda K. “’Fair <span data-tei-ns-tag="tei_title" data-tei-title-lvl=‘m’>Hymen</span> holdeth hid a world of woes’: Myth and Marriage in Poems by ’Graham R. Tomson’ (Rosamund Marriott Watson)”. Victorian Poetry, Vol.
, No. 2, pp. 97-120.
Hughes, Linda K. “A Fin-de-Siècle Beauty and the Beast: Configuring the Body in Works by ’Graham R. Tomson’ (Rosamund Marriott Watson)”. Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, Vol.
, No. 1, pp. 95-121.
Several of the poems had been previously published in Longman's, Scribner's...
Family and Intimate relationships Katharine Tynan
They held their marriage ceremony at the home of the MeynellWilfrid Meynell s in Palace Court, London. On her marriage KT took her husband's name for social and personal purposes, although she continued to publish...
Family and Intimate relationships Viola Meynell
Viola's mother was the poet Alice Meynell , who was nominated twice for the Poet Laureateship, although she never received it. She was also an essayist and journalist. She died on 27 November 1922.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
MacKenzie, Raymond N. A Critical Biography of English Novelist Viola Meynell, 1885-1956. Edwin Mellen, 2002.
Badeni, June. The Slender Tree: A Life of Alice Meynell. Tabb House, 1981.
Friends, Associates Ménie Muriel Dowie
As a public literary figure MMD moved amongst the major writers of her day. At the Women Writers' Dinner of the New Vagabonds Club in June 1895, she spoke alongside Adeline Sergeant , Christabel Coleridge
Friends, Associates Katharine Tynan
Along with Alice Meynell , KT attended the first Women Writers' Dinner. (Said to be the brainchild of Honor Morten , this became a great annual London event, held at the Trocadero restaurant.)
Tynan, Katharine. Twenty-Five Years: Reminiscences. Smith, Elder, 1913.
Swan, Annie S. My Life. Ivor Nicholson and Watson, 1934.
Friends, Associates Eleanor Farjeon
Back in London she acquired a circle of largely musical friends, many of them later well-known names, including Myra Hess and Clifford and Arnold Bax . Later this circle expanded to include literary people: Viola Meynell
Friends, Associates Katharine Tynan
Among those who frequented KT 's salon were George Russell (Æ), Irish Nationalist and Fenian leader John O'Leary , Gaelic scholar and revivalist Douglas Hyde (founder of the Gaelic League , 1893), and George Sigerson
Friends, Associates Sarah Grand
In 1896 SG met George Meredith (who had rejected her manuscript of The Heavenly Twins some years earlier) and Alice Meynell in the Surrey Hills, at Burford Bridge Hotel,Box Hill, near Dorking.
Kersley, Gillian. Darling Madame: Sarah Grand and Devoted Friend. Virago Press, 1983.
Friends, Associates Coventry Patmore
CP 's early contacts included Alfred Tennyson , Robert Browning , Thomas Carlyle , Ralph Waldo Emerson , and John Ruskin . Later in life, he knew Gerard Manley Hopkins and Edmund Gosse . Among...
Friends, Associates Evelyn Sharp
Others with whom she shared this or that memorable experience were the Meynells (Wilfrid , Alice , and Viola ), Clarence Rook and his wife, and Henry W. Nevinson , whom she eventually married...
Friends, Associates Phyllis Bottome
PB and her friend Lislie (Hope de Lisle Brock ) were thrilled at meeting Alice Meynell , whose poetry they felt expressed the deepest feelings of [their] hearts.
Bottome, Phyllis. The Challenge. Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1953.
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Friends, Associates May Sinclair
Her articles and critical reviews were encouraging for many writers, including T. S. Eliot .
Scott, Bonnie Kime. Refiguring Modernism. Indiana University Press, 1995.
Sinclair also made the acquaintance of other women writers, including Alice Meynell , Ida Wylie (a close friend), Rebecca West
Friends, Associates Rosamund Marriott Watson
She forged friendships with other women writers, including Mona Caird , E. Nesbit , Mathilde Blind , Amy Levy , and Alice Meynell . She was also a friend of William Sharp , Austin Dobson


Painter Elizabeth (Thompson), Lady Butler , sister of poet Alice Meynell , fought unsuccessfully to become the first woman elected as a Royal Academy member.
2 July 1914
The first issue of the magazine Blast, edited by Wyndham Lewis , formally announced the arrival of Vorticism, an avant-garde movement in art.


Meynell, Alice. A Father of Women, and Other Poems. Burns and Oates, 1917.
Meynell, Alice. Alice Meynell: Prose and Poetry. Editors Page, Frederick and Vita Sackville-West, Jonathon Cape, 1947.
Meynell, Alice. Ceres’ Runaway. Constable, 1909.
Meynell, Alice. “Christina Rossetti”. New Review, Vol.
, pp. 201-6.
Meynell, Alice. Collected Poems of Alice Meynell. Burns and Oates, 1913.
Meynell, Alice. Essays. Burns and Oates, 1914.
Meynell, Alice. Hearts of Controversy. Burns and Oates, 1917.
Meynell, Alice, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. “Introduction”. Prometheus Bound and Other Poems, Ward, Lock and Bowden, 1896, p. v - xv.
Meynell, Alice. “Introduction”. Alice Meynell: Prose and Poetry, edited by Vita Sackville-West, Frederick Page, Vita Sackville-West, Frederick Page, and Vita Sackville-West, Jonathon Cape, 1947, pp. 7-26.
Meynell, Alice. John Ruskin. Blackwood, 1900.
Meynell, Alice. Later Poems. J. Lane, 1901.
Meynell, Alice. Other Poems. Privately printed, 1896.
Meynell, Alice. Poems on the War. Privately printed by Clement Shorter, 1915.
Meynell, Alice, and Elizabeth Thompson. Preludes. Henry S. King, 1875.
Meynell, Alice. “Renouncement”. Great Books Online: The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250-1900, edited by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch.
Meynell, Alice. “Summer in England, 1914”. Times.
Meynell, Alice. The Children. John Lane, 1896.
Meynell, Alice. The Colour Of Life. John Lane, 1896.
Meynell, Alice, editor. The Flower of the Mind. G. Richards, 1897.
Meynell, Alice. “The Lady of the Lambs”. Great Books Online: The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250-1900, edited by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch.
Meynell, Alice. The Last Poems of Alice Meynell. Burns, Oates and Washbourne, 1923.
Meynell, Alice. The Rhythm of Life. Elkin Mathews and John Lane, 1893.
Meynell, Alice. The Second Person Singular. H. Milford, Oxford University Press, 1921.
Meynell, Alice. The Spirit of Place. John Lane, 1898.