One brother died before Evelyn was born, and another during the family's year of foreign travel. She had two younger brothers. She called her birthday a fine revolutionary anniversary because it was also the birthday...
Her heritage was English: her mother
's family name, Michell, was said to derive from a village near St Columb Major in Cornwall, now spelled Mitchell. Both sides of Steel's family were presumably white...
The metaphysical themes of RB
's verse reflect his eclectic engagement with systems of belief: raised by a Nonconformist mother, he became an atheist as a consequence of reading Shelley
Batho, Edith C., and Bonamy Dobree. The Victorians and After: 1830-1914. Cresset Press.
before finally turning to...
Bessie Rayner Parkes
published the long philosophical and historical poem Gabriel, dedicated to the memory of Percy Bysshe Shelley
Thesing, William B., editor. Dictionary of Literary Biography 240. Gale Research.
attended the local Catholic convent school where whites were in the minority. Most of the girls were coloured (of mixed blood). Mother Mount Calvary, the Superior of the convent, gave her extra instruction in...
Christina and her siblings were educated by their mother
, in reading, writing, the Bible and rudimentary French. The boys were sent to school when they were seven, while the girls continued at home. Their...
Looking back on her early education, MC
wrote I managed to develop into a curiously determined independent little personality, with ideas and opinions more suited to some clever young man. . . . I instinctively...
was eight her father took her on a first visit to the Bodleian Library
; she came home and asked for a bookcase for her next birthday. At this age she worshippedShelley