William Edmonstoune Aytoun

Standard Name: Aytoun, William Edmonstoune


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Education Carola Oman
The children's great delight was their mother reading aloud: theLamb s' Tales from Shakespeare, Sir Walter Scott 's poems, William Edmonstoune Aytoun 's Lays of the Scottish Cavaliers, 1865, Mary Martha Sherwood
Literary responses Elizabeth Barrett Browning
William Aytoun reviewed this volume (anonymously, according to permanent policy) in Blackwood's under the title Poetic Aberrations. Objecting that [t]o bless and not to curse is woman's function, and counselling EBB to take her...
Literary responses Eliza Ogilvy
A Book of Highland Minstrelsy established EO 's reputation as a writer.
Ogilvy, Eliza et al. “Introduction and Appendices”. Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Letters to Mrs. David Ogilvy, edited by Peter N. Heydon and Philip Kelley, Quadrangle, pp. xi - xxiv; 175.
Camilla Crosland (Mrs Newton Crosland) discussed it in her Landmarks of a Literary Life. Crosland recognized the work as...
Publishing Christina Rossetti
In the four months following the end of her engagement to James Collinson no new poems were entered in her notebook, but the broken engagement was not necessarily the cause, since there are several other...
Textual Features Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The poem is innovative in its blend of novelistic discourse and subject-matter—its depiction of the urban landscape and contemporary social issues including wife-beating and prostitution were indebted to both the English and French novel—with the...


1845: William Edmonstoune Aytoun and Theodore Martin...

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William Edmonstoune Aytoun and Theodore Martin published the satirical A Book of Ballads, as edited by Bon Gaultier.

By 30 May 1854: William Edmonstoune Aytoun published his...

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By 30 May 1854

William Edmonstoune Aytoun published his parody of the poems of the Spasmodic school, Firmilian, in Blackwood's Magazine.


Aytoun, William Edmonstoune. “Mrs. Barrett Browning—Aurora Leigh”. Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, pp. 23-41.
Aytoun, William Edmonstoune. “Poetic Aberrations”. Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Vol.
, pp. 490-4.