May Kendall

Standard Name: Kendall, May
Used Form: Emma Goldworth Kendall
Self-constructed Name: May
Self-constructed Name: M. K.
May Kendall is most notable for late-nineteenth-century poems characterized by sharp humour and sarcastic wit on topics related to evolutionary science and the new woman. Her novels employ sarcasm and irony to examine British society, particularly the fruitlessness of philanthropy. Early in the twentieth century she collaborated with Andrew Lang on a social reform novel and fairy tale, and with Benjamin Seebohm Rowntree on treatises on working-class poverty that urged legal reform and a minimum wage. MK 's brilliant work in this genre is often overshadowed by the fame of her male collaborators.


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Literary responses Constance Naden
William R. Hughes provided for the Midland Naturalist a review of this book which CN called kind.
Hughes, William Richard et al. Constance Naden: A Memoir. Bickers and Son.
. The Woman's World (edited by Oscar Wilde ) gave the book one of its several...


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Kendall, May. Dreams to Sell. Longmans, Green and Co., 1887.
Kendall, May. From a Garret. Longmans, Green and Co., 1887.
Rowntree, Benjamin Seebohm, and May Kendall. How the Labourer Lives. Thomas Nelson, 1913.
Kendall, May. Songs from Dreamland. Longmans, Green and Co., 1894.
Kendall, May. Such is Life. Longmans, Green and Co., 1889.
Kendall, May, and Andrew Lang. That Very Mab. Longmans, Green and Co.,
Rowntree, Benjamin Seebohm, and May Kendall. The Human Needs of Labour. Thomas Nelson, 1918.
Kendall, May. “The Stone Fiddler: A Garden Statue”. Cornhill Magazine, Vol.
, p. 231.
Kendall, May. Turkish Bonds. Pearson, 1898.
Kendall, May. White Poppies: A Novel. Ward, Lock and Bowden, 1893.