Jane Williams

Standard Name: Williams, Jane
Birth Name: Jane Williams
Self-constructed Name: Jane Williams, Ysgafell
Self-constructed Name: Jane Williams (Ysgafell)
JW 's eight books and several periodical publications appeared from the pre-Victorian to the mid-Victorian period in a number of genres, including poetry, literary criticism (of women writers in particular), and an account of her own juvenilia. A strong sense of national pride motivates much of her work, whether biographies of Welsh subjects, fiction drawing on local folklore, a passionate defence of the Welsh education system and general society, or her history of Wales, which became the standard for decades.


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Family and Intimate relationships Mary Shelley
For several years she shared her life, as she shared her loss, with Jane Williams , whose husband had died with Percy Shelley, and who was also one of Percy's old flames. Remarks in her...
Literary responses Frances Neville, Baroness Abergavenny
Her prayers became publicly well-known through Thomas Bentley 's printing of fifty of them, some long, in his Monument of Matrones in 1582 under the title The Praiers made by the right Honourable Ladie Frances...
Literary responses Camilla Crosland
In a brief review for the Athenæum, Jane Williams deemed it an entertaining volume: the characters are carefully drawn, the interest is well sustained, and the moral kept in view. . . . It...
Literary responses Margaret Gatty
Jane Williams , in an anonymous notice in the Athenæum, predicted their popularity: Aunt Judy is the essence of the excellencies of all the aunts in Christendom; and we only wish that every large...
Literary responses Felicia Hemans
As the Victorian period advanced, FH 's popularity with readers held firm, but critics became less enthusiastic. George Gilfillan published a substantial article on her in Tait's Edinburgh Magazine in 1847, placing her first in...
Literary responses Elizabeth Tollet
Nineteenth-century anthologists Alexander Dyce and Frederic Rowton chose their selection of Tollet's poems from that of Southey.
Londry, Michael, and Elizabeth Tollet. The Poems of Elizabeth Tollet. Oxford University.
Mid-century critic Jane Williams thought Tollet lacked the vitalizing spark of genius, even though her correct metre...
Literary responses Catharine Trotter
This was CT 's greatest success. The young George Farquhar much admired it; it was even praised by Charles Gildon .
Greer, Germaine et al., editors. Kissing the Rod. Virago.
Her association with Congreve, however, brought CT (together with Mary Pix) some hostile...
Literary responses Catharine Trotter
Nineteenth-century literary historians—Charles Dibdin , John Doran , Jane Williams —tended, though from different viewpoints, to subordinate her writings to her supposed personal characteristics.
Clark, Constance. Three Augustan Women Playwrights. Peter Lang.
More disappointingly, a feminist literary historian of the early...


1 July 1847: A British government enquiry into the state...

National or international item

1 July 1847

A British government enquiry into the state of education in Wales by commissioners R. R. W. Lingen , Jellynger C. Symons , and H. R. Vaughan Johnson presented a report in three massive volumes.


Williams, Jane. A History of Wales. Longmans, Green, 1869.
Williams, Jane. A History of Wales. Cambridge University Press, 2010, http://www.cambridge.org/series/sSeries.asp?code=CLOR.
Williams, Jane. Artegall. Longman, 1848.
Williams, Jane. “Cambrian Tales”. Ainsworth’s Magazine, Vol.
, p. 257.
Williams, Jane. Celtic Fables, Fairy Tales and Legends. Privately printed by T. Brettell, 1862.
Beddoe, Deirdre et al. “Introduction”. The Autobiography of Elizabeth Davis, Honno, 1987, p. ix - xix.
Williams, Jane. Miscellaneous Poems. Privately Printed by Priscilla Hughes, 1824.
Williams, Jane, and Elizabeth Davis. The Autobiography of Elizabeth Davis, a Balaclava Nurse. Hurst and Blackett, 1857.
Price, Thomas. The Literary Remains of the Rev. Thomas Price, Carnhuanawc. Editor Williams, Jane, W. Rees; Longman, 1854.
Williams, Jane. The Literary Women of England. Saunders, Otley, 1861.
Williams, Jane, and Augusta Hall, Baroness Llanover. The Origin, Rise, and Progress of the Paper People. Grant and Griffith, 1856.