Maria Jane Jewsbury

Standard Name: Jewsbury, Maria Jane
Birth Name: Maria Jane Jewsbury
Married Name: Maria Jane Fletcher
Pseudonym: M. J. J.
MJJ , born in 1800, was a poet, novelist, reviewer, travel writer, children's writer, and essayist. Before her death at the age of thirty-three, she published a two-volume collection of fiction, essays, and poetry, as well as another volume of poetry and volume of fiction. Widely published in periodicals and annuals, she wrote a collection of letters intended for young readers, as well as many reviews and essays for the Athenæum.


Connections Sort descending Author name Excerpt
Anthologization Mary Ann Browne
Mary Anne Jevons included three poems by MAB in her little Liverpool publication The Sacred Offering. A Poetical Annual, 1834.
Jevons had launched this venture in 1831, and for the first two numbers all...
death Emma Roberts
She had suffered from fever on the voyage out. Taken ill with a disease of the stomach
Unsigned, and Emma Roberts. “Memoir”. Notes of an Overland Journey Through France and Egypt to Bombay, W. H. Allen, p. xi - xxviii.
while visiting Colonel Ovans , political resident at Satara in April this year, ER set out for...
Education Geraldine Jewsbury
GJ went to London with her sister Maria Jane in order to perfect her languages and drawing.
Howe, Susanne. Geraldine Jewsbury: Her Life and Errors. George Allen and Unwin.
Family and Intimate relationships Geraldine Jewsbury
GJ 's older siblings were, in order of birth, Maria Jane (also a writer), Thomas , and Henry . Her elder brothers went into business.
Howe, Susanne. Geraldine Jewsbury: Her Life and Errors. George Allen and Unwin.
She had two younger brothers: Arthur (a sailor) and...
Family and Intimate relationships Geraldine Jewsbury
The year after they moved to Manchester, GJ 's mother died. Geraldine was subsequently brought up by her sister Maria Jane .
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Bloom, Abigail Burnham, editor. Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers. Greenwood Press.
Schlueter, Paul, and June Schlueter, editors. An Encyclopedia of British Women Writers. Garland.
Fictionalization Felicia Hemans
Maria Jane Jewsbury had already begun the idealisation of FH in 1830 with her portrait of Egeria in The History of a Nonchalant: a muse, a grace, a variable child, a dependent woman—the Italy...
Friends, Associates Felicia Hemans
The connection between the male and the female poet was made by Maria Jane Jewsbury , who was a good friend of the family, Dora Wordsworth especially. Hemans brought one of her sons on the...
Friends, Associates Caroline Bowles
CB 's dealings with Blackwood's led to a positive working relationship with editor John Wilson . She also maintained a long correspondence with Anna Eliza Bray and (in later years) a shorter one with poet...
Friends, Associates Sara Coleridge
During her first pregnancy, SC received frequent visits from friends Joanna Baillie and Maria Jane Jewsbury .
Mudge, Bradford Keyes, and Sara Coleridge. Sara Coleridge, a Victorian Daughter: Her Life and Essays. Yale University Press.
Friends, Associates Geraldine Jewsbury
GJ encountered a strong female literary role model early in life, when at sixteen she summered in Wales with her siblings, staying in a cottage not far from that of Felicia Hemans and her family...
Friends, Associates Sara Coleridge
Among women writers, in addition to Dorothy Wordsworth , Joanna Baillie , and Maria Jane Jewsbury , SC also knew Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Anna Jameson , Elizabeth Rigby , Elizabeth Gaskell , and Harriet Martineau
Friends, Associates Dorothy Wordsworth
DW 's correspondents included Maria Jane Jewsbury and Mary Ann Lamb . She was very close to Coleridge , who settled at Greta Hall near Keswick to be near the Wordsworths at Grasmere in June...
Friends, Associates Felicia Hemans
FH 's literary correspondents and friends included Grace Aguilar , Joanna Baillie (whose Beacon she recalled reading when very young), and Mary Howitt .
Elwood, Anne Katharine. Memoirs of the Literary Ladies of England, from the Commencement of the Last Century. Henry Colburn.
Chorley, Henry Fothergill. Memorials of Mrs. Hemans. Saunders and Otley.
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She was acquainted with Maria Jane Jewsbury ...
Literary responses Felicia Hemans
Jewsbury portrayed FH herself as an English gentlewoman who is as feminine as a poetess ought to be, but she acknowledged the gender-bending that category involved by inviting her readers to contemplate the possibility of...
Literary responses Jane Austen
JA 's early admirers among her fellow women writers constituted a small, select band. They included Sarah Harriet Burney , Anne Grant , Mary Ann Kelty , Maria Callcott , Maria Jane Jewsbury , Harriet Martineau


February 1930: D. B. Wyndham Lewis and Charles Lee published...

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February 1930

D. B. Wyndham Lewis and Charles Lee published The Stuffed Owl: An Anthology of Bad Verse, which includes bad poetry by John Dryden , John Keats , and Elizabeth Barrett Browning along with other canonical figures.


Jewsbury, Maria Jane. Lays of Leisure Hours. J. Hatchard, 1829.
Jewsbury, Maria Jane. Letters to the Young. J. Hatchard, 1828.
Jewsbury, Maria Jane. “Literary Women. No. II. Jane Austen”. Athenaeum, pp. 553-4.
Gillett, Eric, and Maria Jane Jewsbury. “Maria Jane Jewsbury: A Memoir”. Maria Jane Jewsbury: Occasional Papers, Oxford University Press, 1932, p. xiii - lxvii.
Jewsbury, Maria Jane. Phantasmagoria; or, Sketches of Life and Literature. Hurst, Robinson, 1825.
Jewsbury, Maria Jane. The Three Histories. F. Westley and A. H. Davis, 1830.