Helen Mathers

Standard Name: Mathers, Helen,, 1851 - 1920
Birth Name: Ellen Buckingham Mathews
Married Name: Helen Buckingham Reeves
Pseudonym: Helen B. Mathers
Pseudonym: Helen Mathers
Pseudonym: H. B. M.
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Pseudonym: The Author of Comin' Thro' the Rye
Helen Mathers won success at a young age in 1875 with her best-selling romance Comin' Thro' the Rye, a semi-autobiographical novel excoriating the destructive impact of Victorian patriarchal sexuality on domestic life. After the failure of her magazine The Burlington, for which she was editor and regular serial contributor, HM continued to write constantly to cope with mounting debt. She published more than thirty-five novels over three decades. Although her celebrity in the press, as a leader of fashion and producer of popular fiction, lasted till the end of the Victorian period, her popularity waned in the first decade of the twentieth century, when her books were repeatedly criticised for being derivative of the works of others.
Black and white oval photograph of Helen Mathers by Stanislaw Walery, 1893. She sits in a high backed carved chair, with her head resting on her hand. She is wearing a low cut light dress in a swirly pattern, with ruffles on the shoulders and dark decorations at the neckline. Her dark hair is arranged in a bun, and she wears a dark bracelet. Her married signature is reproduced under the photo: "yrs ever Helen Reeves."
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Intertextuality and Influence Rhoda Broughton
RB 's satire here embraces the publishing industry and its pandering to readers' tastes. Emma's cousin Lesbia is apparently representative of a particular type of circulating-library reader; much to Emma's mortification, she likes Miching Mallecho...
Intertextuality and Influence E. Nesbit
The dream poems combine the qualities of horror and of nursery-rhyme. The second one begins, Mr Oddy / Met a body / Hanging from a tree,
Briggs, Julia. A Woman of Passion: The Life of E. Nesbit, 1858-1924. Hutchinson, 1987.
which dreadfully alters the tone of Robert Burns
Occupation Constance Smedley
Since the Langham Place Group had provided a social space for women in 1860, several organizations had already challenged the flourishing institution of men's clubs. The Lyceum Club came on the scene at a time...
Textual Production May Crommelin
Textual Production Julia Frankau
In 1892 JF contributed chapter twelve to a collaboratively-written novel entitled The Fate of Fenella (along with twenty-three other authors including Helen Mathers , Frances Eleanor Trollope , Conan Doyle and Bram Stoker ).
Frankau, Reuben. Emails to Orlando about Julia Frankau, with attached bibliography.
British Library Catalogue.
Textual Production Annie S. Swan
ASS also used her new identity David Lyall for a large number of book titles, most of them novels after the first collection of essays. She published Lyall novels serially in the Leisure Hour Monthly...


The publishing firm of Richard Bentley and Son , dating from 1 September 1832, was sold for eight thousand pounds to Macmillan .
2 August 1898
The first recording sessions took place in a London basement at 31 Maiden Lane; gramophones had been shipped to Europe from Eldridge Johnson manufacturers (Camden, New Jersey) to coincide with this event.