Hope Mirrlees

Standard Name: Mirrlees, Hope
Birth Name: Helen Hope Mirrlees
Much of the sparse information currently available on HM focuses on her lasting personal relationship with eminent scholar Jane Harrison rather than her own body of writing, which includes poetry, novels, and biographies (published and unpublished). But as critic Mary Beard notes: To see Mirrlees only in the context of Jane Harrison . . . is to underrate her. She is one of those writers forever on the brink of being discovered (in the 1990s as much as in the 1920s) . . . . and like all such forgotten writers, she is an uncomfortable challenge to the arbitrariness of literary fame.
Beard, Mary. The Invention of Jane Harrison. Harvard University Press.


Connections Sort descending Author name Excerpt
death Lady Ottoline Morrell
Before her death LOM named three literary executors, including her friend Hope Mirrlees . Her literary estate consisted primarily of letters, journals, and her drafted memoirs.
Seymour, Miranda. Ottoline Morrell: Life on the Grand Scale. Farrar Straus Giroux.
Obituaries by Virginia Woolf and Margot Asquith were...
Family and Intimate relationships Jane Ellen Harrison
JEH began a close academic and personal relationship with Cambridge classical scholar R. A. Neil . Her later companion Hope Mirrlees suggested that at the time of Neil's death in 1901 these two were engaged.
Robinson, Annabel. The Life and Work of Jane Ellen Harrison. Oxford University Press.
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Family and Intimate relationships Jane Ellen Harrison
Classics lecturer JEH met her student and later close companion, Hope Mirrlees , at Newnham College , Cambridge .
Robinson, Annabel. The Life and Work of Jane Ellen Harrison. Oxford University Press.
Fictionalization Madeleine de Scudéry
MS was highly influential for women writers in English. Many of the women who wrote during the eighteenth century had grown up on her romances. Charlotte Lennox may appear to be stabbing MS in the...
Friends, Associates T. S. Eliot
Mirrlees was a Roman Catholic convert of some years' standing at the time of her closest contact with Eliot. John Hayward was a talented, acerbic, clubbable scholar crippled by muscular dystrophy.
Ackroyd, Peter. T.S. Eliot. Hamish Hamilton.
Friends, Associates Lady Ottoline Morrell
LOM continued to entertain in London, hosting such guests as Ethel Smyth , Elizabeth Bowen , Stephen Spender , Max Beerbohm , Hope Mirrlees , Djuna Barnes , Charlie Chaplin , the novelist Henry Green
Friends, Associates Julia Strachey
Shortly after the wedding, Julia became the charge of Alys Russell , a suffrage and temperance activist who was also the aunt of Ray (Costelloe) Strachey , sister of writer Logan Pearsall Smith and Mary Berenson
Friends, Associates Virginia Woolf
Since VW moved in a variety of social circles, her range of literary acquaintance was very wide. Her associates included such established, celebrated writers as Thomas Hardy and Henry James , popular authors such as...
Literary responses Rose Macaulay
Potterism was both popular and favourably reviewed. For years it remained RM 's best-known work. She later felt it was rather jejune and too much of a tract. I feel I hammered away with a...
Residence T. S. Eliot
Back in London in 1933 TSE lived in several places before moving into rooms in the presbytery attached to St Stephen's Church in Gloucester Road. He was still there in the first year of...
Residence Jane Ellen Harrison
Though still attached to Newnham College , Cambridge , JEH settled for some time in Paris with her former student Hope Mirrlees .
Robinson, Annabel. The Life and Work of Jane Ellen Harrison. Oxford University Press.
Residence Jane Ellen Harrison
After leaving Cambridge permanently, scholar JEH settled in Paris with Hope Mirrlees , who had by now become known as a poet.
Robinson, Annabel. The Life and Work of Jane Ellen Harrison. Oxford University Press.
Residence Jane Ellen Harrison
JEH and Hope Mirrlees left Paris to live in London, where they settled at 11 Mecklenburgh Street.
Robinson, Annabel. The Life and Work of Jane Ellen Harrison. Oxford University Press.
Textual Production Jane Ellen Harrison
During the later years of her life JEH returned to her childhood fascination with Russia, fostering this interest with critical work on various aspects of the Russian language and culture.
Harrison, Jane Ellen. Reminiscences of a Student’s Life. Hogarth Press.
In 1915 Harrison...
Textual Production Jane Ellen Harrison
JEH 's extensive archive at Newnham College, Cambridge , was deposited there by her companion Hope Mirrlees .
Briggs, Julia. “The Wives of Herr Bear”. London Review of Books, pp. 24-5.


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Mirrlees, Hope. A Fly in Amber. Faber and Faber, 1962.
Mirrlees, Hope. Collected Poems. Editor Parmar, Sandeep, Carcanet, 2011.
Mirrlees, Hope. Lud-in-the-Mist. Collins, 1926.
Mirrlees, Hope. Madeleine. Collins, 1919.
Mirrlees, Hope. Moods and Tensions. Amate Press, 1976.
Mirrlees, Hope. Moods and Tensions: Seventeen Poems. Privately printed, 1965.
Mirrlees, Hope. Paris. L. and V. Woolf at the Hogarth Press.
Mirrlees, Hope. Poems. Privately printed, 1962.
Garnett, Ray. The Book of the Bear. Translators Harrison, Jane Ellen and Hope Mirrlees, Nonesuch, 1926.
Mirrlees, Hope. The Counterplot. A. Knopf, 1924.
Mirsky, Dimitri Svyatopolk. The Life of the Archpriest Avvakum by Himself. Translators Harrison, Jane Ellen and Hope Mirrlees, L. and V. Woolf, 1924.