Anna Eliza Bray

Standard Name: Bray, Anna Eliza
Birth Name: Anna Eliza Kempe
Married Name: Anna Eliza Stothard
Married Name: Anna Eliza Bray
Nickname: Eliza
Used Form: Mrs Bray
Used Form: Mrs Charles Stothard
Used Form: the author of De Foix
AEB first reached print with a collection of letters, the first of two which appeared over the course of her career. During fifty-four years, she published twelve novels, and twelve historical and biographical works. She edited several posthumous works by others and also produced writing for children. Many of her works were inspired by historical events or figures as well as by English folklore and legend. Some of her novels proved controversial for alleged anti-Catholicism at a time of fierce debate over Catholic Emancipation; much of her fiction and history focuses on Protestant resistance to religious oppression. A popular success during the mid-Victorian period, AEB has of late received little critical attention.
Mudge, Bradford Keyes, editor. Dictionary of Literary Biography 116. Gale Research.
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Author summary Mary Maria Colling
MMC wrote at Tavistock, where she was employed as a domestic servant, in the earlier nineteenth century. Her poems were collected as Fables and other Pieces in Verse, her only published volume. Novelist...
Publishing Mary Maria Colling
MMC published (by subscription, arranged by Anna Eliza Bray ) her first and only volume of poetry: Fables and other Pieces in Verse, with a portrait of the author.
Athenæum. J. Lection.
213 (1831): 762
Wright, W. H. Kearley. West-Country Poets: Their Lives and Works. Elliot Stock.
Reception Christina Rossetti
The copies printed were distributed among friends and family. They all enjoyed the poems except Christina's brother Gabriel , who somewhat cattily wrote to their mother: I should advise her to console herself with the...
Textual Features Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna
Pre-eminent among the Protestant heroines treated by Foxe is Anne Askew , whose own texts he includes. Anna Eliza Bray had published a novel inspired by Foxe in 1828.
Textual Features Mary Maria Colling
As its extended title suggests, the book is prefaced by three letters from Bray to Southey. The correspondence provided the Poet Laureate with MMC 's life history, as well as examples of her poems. The...
Textual Features Mary Maria Colling
MMC 's tribute to Southey reads: And since condescension my lay hath beguiled,
Forgive, Sir, the boldness of Nature's rude child;
Permit me to thank you with humble respect,
For goodness so great, which I...
Textual Production Caroline Bowles
More recently Adam Matthew Publications has filmed her poetical notebooks from 1806 to 1836 in their Nineteenth Century Literary Manuscripts, part five. A manuscript headed Mrs Southey's Narrative, which tells the story of...
Textual Production Mary Maria Colling
MMC , who was working inTavistock as a domestic servant, sent Anna Eliza Bray a parcel containing several of her poems.
Bray, Anna Eliza, and Mary Maria Colling. “Letters to Robert Southey”. Fables and Other Pieces in Verse by M.M. Colling, Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green, pp. 1-85.
Textual Production Marina Warner
MW published Joan of Arc : The Image of Female Heroism, her study of the legendary Maid of Orleans who became a fearless soldier, a martyr, and eventually a saint.
Warner's biography of Joan...


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