Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Mirrlees, Hope
Birth Name: Helen Hope Mirrlees
Much of the sparse information currently available on HM
focuses on her lasting personal relationship with eminent scholar Jane Harrison
rather than her own body of writing, which includes poetry, novels, and biographies (published and unpublished). But as critic Mary Beard
notes: To see Mirrlees only in the context of Jane Harrison . . . is to underrate her. She is one of those writers forever on the brink of being discovered (in the 1990s as much as in the 1920s) . . . . and like all such forgotten writers, she is an uncomfortable challenge to the arbitrariness of literary fame.
Beard, Mary. The Invention of Jane Harrison. Harvard University Press, 2000.
began a close academic and personal relationship with Cambridge
classical scholar R. A. Neil
. Her later companion Hope Mirrlees
suggested that at the time of Neil's death in 1901 these two were engaged.
Robinson, Annabel. The Life and Work of Jane Ellen Harrison. Oxford University Press, 2001.
moved in a variety of social circles, her range of literary acquaintance was very wide. Her associates included such established, celebrated writers as Thomas Hardy and Henry James
, popular authors such as...
T. S. Eliot
was a Roman Catholic
convert of some years' standing at the time of her closest contact with Eliot. John Hayward
was a talented, acerbic, clubbable scholar crippled by muscular dystrophy.
Ackroyd, Peter. T.S. Eliot. Hamish Hamilton, 1984.
Potterism was both popular and favourably reviewed. For years it remained RM
's best-known work. She later felt it was rather jejune and too much of a tract. I feel I hammered away with a...