Dora Greenwell

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A mid-Victorian writer of great versatility, DG published four books of religious discourse, nine collections of poetry, two volumes of essays, and two biographies. She occasionally contributed to periodicals, both her own prose as well as translations, and she edited a number of short stories.
Gray, Janet. “Dora Greenwell’s Commonplace Book”. Princeton University Library Chronicle, No. 1, pp. 47 -4.
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Much of her writing was religious in subject or motivation. Her poetry dealt with contemporary concerns such as the position of women, as did her prose, in which her topics also included the education of people with disabilities and the abolition of slavery.

Milestones

6 December 1821
DG was born at Greenwell Ford, Lanchester, Durham, one of five children and her parents' only daughter.
Bett, Henry. Dora Greenwell. Epworth Press, 1950.
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1860
One of DG 's most popular works appeared, a volume of religious essays titled The Patience of Hope, dedicated to Josephine Butler ; she referred to herself allusively as the author of A Present Heaven (issued five years before).
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
OCLC WorldCat.
1869
DG produced Carmina Crucis or Songs of the Cross, a collection of devotional poetry containing some of her best-known compositions.
Armstrong, Isobel, Joseph Bristow, and Cath Sharrock, editors. Nineteenth-Century Women Poets. Clarendon Press, 1996.
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Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
29 March 1882
DG died at 7 Oakfield Road, Clifton, after several years of ill health and depression.
W. Robertson Nicoll , writing a few years after the event, said that DG was still living in London at the time of her death.
Nicoll, William Robertson. “Dora Greenwell”. Good Words, pp. 106 - 9.
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Dorling, William. Memoirs of Dora Greenwell. James Clarke, 1885.
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Blain, Virginia, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford, 1990.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Biography

Though Dorothy was her given name, she was invariably known as Dora.
Dorling, William. Memoirs of Dora Greenwell. James Clarke, 1885.
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Birth