Mary Russell Mitford
Standard Name: Mitford, Mary Russell
Birth Name: Mary Russell Mitford
MRM , poet, playwright, editor, letter-writer, memoirist, and—in just one work—novelist, is best known for her sketches of rural life, especially those in the successive volumes of Our Village (whose first appeared in 1824). Her greatest success came when, under the pressure of her father's inexhaustible capacity for running up debt, she turned from the respected genres of poetry and plays to work at something more popular and remunerative.
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|Cultural formation||Frances Arabella Rowden|
|Cultural formation||Amelia Opie||
It may be significant that this was just two months before her father's death, though her friendship with the Gurney family was also important in her decision to convert. For more than a year she...
A year and a half before he died Mary Russell Mitford wrote of him: the mind gone—dark depression and utter failure of intellect.
He has a particularly striking monument in Poets' Corner in...
Mitford, Mary Russell. The Life of Mary Russell Mitford: Told by Herself in Letters To Her Friends. L’Estrange, Alfred Guy KinghamEditor , Harper and Brothers, 1870.
Her sister Ann had become a pupil at this school the previous year. Kilham involved the girls in visiting the poor, and her friendship with the poet James Montgomery first awoke Mary's interest in the...
Her first school, where she went at the age of six, was a little private establishment called Leopold House, which gave a grounding in English and maths and team games.
When Betty was eleven...
Beauman, Nicola. The Other Elizabeth Taylor. Persephone Books, 2009.
|Education||L. E. L.|
|Education||Frances Arabella Rowden||
Students at the school during the brief period when Rowden was a pupil included a couple of future writers:
|Education||Mary Martha Sherwood||
St Quintin was a sophisticated educator who had been French Ambassador in London, and who published pedagogical books which took into consideration the age and development of the children for whom they were designed. He...
She studied French and Italian literatures, dancing, and acting under the evangelical influence of this Englishwoman teaching in Paris.
Rowden was turning increasingly to religion, but still set store by her girls' productions of...
Marshall, Dorothy. Fanny Kemble. Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1977.
|Family and Intimate relationships||Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington||
Respectable women had always shunned Blessington on account of her past; now her present too was publicly unacceptable. Her sister Ellen, now well married, dropped her.
Camilla Crosland later recalled how as an unmarried...
Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington,. “Introduction”. Conversations of Lord Byron, edited by Ernest J. Lovell, Princeton University Press, 1969, pp. 3 - 114.
|Family and Intimate relationships||Mary Ann Browne|
|Family and Intimate relationships||Selina Davenport||
He was in his early twenties, just embarking on a literary career which began with writing poetry (melancholy in tone) and editing and criticising the poetry of others. He enjoyed the patronage of Edmund Burke
|Family and Intimate relationships||Eleanor Anne Porden||
Although EAP was not beautiful—indeed, Mary Russell Mitford (no beauty herself) remarked on her ugliness—
she was courted by many men. She turned down all proposals of marriage on the grounds that she...
L’Estrange, Alfred Guy Kingham, editor. The Friendships of Mary Russell Mitford as Recorded in Letters from Her Literary Correspondents. Hurst and Blackett, 1882.
|Family and Intimate relationships||Caroline Norton||
Under Victorian law she was not allowed to participate in the trial. Both her reputation and Melbourne's political career were at stake. In the event the jury found Melbourne innocent without calling one witness for...
|Family and Intimate relationships||Eliza Cook|
17 February 1847
A company in Salem, Massachusetts, issued what seems to be the earliest version of a game called Authors, whose object was to collect sets of cards bearing the names of writers and the...