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JEAN INGELOW
(1820-97)
A sketch published in The Graphic, 24th July 1897.

"Good manners is the valet of good sense.  If an angel, in this present year of grace, came down to teach a day-school, what would probably be two of the first things in which he would give his lessons?  I think they would be reverence and good manners; we want both hugely."

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A RHYMING CHRONICLE OF INCIDENTS AND FEELINGS: a review by William Hendry Stowell in the Eclectic Review Vol. 27, 1850.

LETTER TO MISS HOLLWAY (Jean Ingelow's cousin) from Alfred Tennyson regarding A Rhyming Chronicle of Incidents and Feelings. Undated.

A RHYMING CHRONICLE OF INCIDENTS AND FEELINGS: reviewed by Henry Fothergill Chorley in THE ATHENĈUM, March 23, 1850.

ALLERTON AND DREUX: a review published in The Church of England Quarterly Review, Vol. XXXI. 1852.

POEMS: reviewed by Gerald Massey in THE ATHENĈUM, July 25, 1863.
 

 "What most people call Woman's Rights I call
Woman's Duties, — rights and duties in this case
being convertible terms."

JEAN INGELOW’S POEMS: The North American Review, Volume 98, Issue 203, April 1864.

ADELAIDE A. PROCTER AND JEAN INGELOW: The Continental Monthly, Vol. V.  June, 1864.

A STORY OF DOOM, AND OTHER POEMS.  By JEAN INGELOW,  Boston: Roberts Brothers. The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. XX., issue 119. 1867.

TEA WITH JEAN INGELOW: and Gerald Massey fails to impress!  The Living Age, Vol. XCIV., 1867.

MONITIONS OF THE UNSEEN, and Poems of Love and Childhood: brief reviews:— Scribner's, November 1870; Harper's, December 1870.

THE WELFARE OF WOMEN: a letter to the editor of the Woman's Journal. The Deseret News (Utah, U.S.A.), 19 February, 1873.

"OFF THE SKELLIGS": a reasonable synopsis, if an unenthusiastic review.  The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. XXXI., 1873.

"FATED TO BE FREE": a review of Jean Ingelow's second successful novel.  The Times, Sep 30, 1875."SARAH DE BERENGER": two reviews of Jean Ingelow's third novel;

Harper's Vol. XL., 1880 and The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. XLV., 1880.
 

                                          O once with me
It was all one, such joy I had at heart,
As I heard sing the morning star, or God
Did hold me with an Everlasting Hand,
And dip me in the day.

MISS INGELOW AND MRS. WALFORD: an extensive essay by Harriet Waters Preston on the writing of Jean Ingelow and of Lucy Bethia Walford (1845–1915).  From Atlantic Monthly, Vol. LVI., 1885.

POEMS OF THE OLD DAYS AND THE NEW: Boston, Roberts Brothers, 1885 ― an unfavourable review.  The New York Times, 16 August, 1885.

DON JOHN. A fair, if brief summary of the story.

JOHN JEROME. HIS THOUGHTS AND WAYS. A Book without a Beginning. By JEAN INGELOW, Boston: ROBERTS BROTHERS.  A good review ― looks as if the reviewer actually read the book ― in the New York Times, 7 Nov., 1886.

THE POETRY OF JEAN INGELOW: by K. E. COLEMAN. The Girl's Own Paper, Jubilee Edition, summer, 1887.

A POPULAR ENGLISH POET: from the Ogden Standard Examiner (Utah, U.S.A.), 31 July, 1892.


A MOTTO CHANGED: three contrasting, sketchy reviews from the American press of Miss Ingelow's late novel. Atlantic Monthly, Harper's Magazine, and the New York Times.

HANDWRITING: a barely legible sample of Jean Ingelow's 'scrawl' (undated).

JEAN INGELOW:  an appreciation, written following her death.  The Living Age (ex-The Academy), Vol. CCXIV., 1897.



JEAN INGELOW.
Photo by Barrauds.

"Woman is not merely the female man.  She is from him a strangely different creature.  Nothing that breathes is such a contrast as the man is to his mate."

 

A POETIC TRIO:  correspondence (1863) between Christina Rossetti and Dora Greenwell, and between Jean Ingelow and Dora Greenwell. The Living Age (ex-Athenĉum) Vol. CCXIV., 1897.

OF JEAN INGELOW: anecdotes about her and facts about her books.  New York Times, August 7, 1897.

JEAN INGELOW: a retrospective appraisal by Jennette Atwater Street.  The Citizen, Vol. 3, No. 10, December, 1897.
 

A carte de visite by Elliott & Fry.
_________

The old red wall one cannot see beyond.
That is the garden.
                                      In the wall a door
Green, blistered with the sun.   You open it,
And lo! a sunny waste of tumbled hills
And a glad silence, and an open calm.

JEAN INGELOW: an extensive essay by Mabel C. Birchenough on the poetry and prose of Jean Ingelow.  From the Fortnightly Review, Vol. 71, No. 287, March 1, 1899.

JEAN INGELOW: Mackenzie Bell's short but comprehensive overview of Jean Ingelow's poetry and prose, published in
THE POETS AND POETRY OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY, 1905.

JEAN INGELOW: a chapter from "Lives of Girls Who Became Famous," by Sarah K. Bolton (pub. 1914).  Well worth reading for its interesting and revealing anecdotes of Miss Ingelow.

A NOTE ON JEAN INGELOW: for the reasons Lafcadio Hearn explains in his excellent analysis (pub. 1916),  The High Tide on the Coast of Lincolnshire (1571) is Jean Ingelow's greatest and most original poem (but, I suggest, if this is so, then Divided follows very closely).

JEAN INGELOW: from "Notable Women Authors of the Day", by Helen C. Black.  London: Maclaren and Co., 1906. Standard biographic stuff for the first few paragraphs, but becomes more interesting beyond as much is derived from interview (which appears to date from 1889) and observation rather than report and hearsay.

IMPRESSIONS OF JEAN INGELOW: from "Recollections of Fifty Years," by Isabella Fyvie Mayo.

BIOGRAPHIC SKETCH: appears as the Introduction to
'Mopsa the Fairy' in the Everyman's Library series (ca 1912).

THE QUEEN OF VICTORIAN VERSE: Ray Carradine salutes the work of a great Lincolnshire poet.  This article first appeared in Lincolnshire Life, September 1995, and is reproduced by kind permission of the Editor.

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THE MUSIC OF CHILDHOOD.


WHEN I hear the waters fretting,
When I see the chestnut letting

All her lovely blossom falter down, I think, "Alas the day!"

Once, with magical sweet singing,
Blackbirds set the woodland ringing

That awakes no more while April hours wear themselves away.


In our hearts fair hope lay smiling
Sweet as air, and all beguiling;

And there hung a mist of bluebells on the slope and down the dell;

And we talked of joy and splendour
That the years unborn would render

And the blackbirds helped us with the story, for they knew it well.


Piping, fluting, "Bees are humming
April's here and summer's coming;

Don't forget us when you walk, a man with men, in pride and joy;

Think on us in alleys shady
When you step a graceful lady;

For no fairer days have we to hope for, little girl and boy.


"Laugh and play, O lisping waters,
Lull our downy sons and daughters.

Come, O wind, and rock their leafy cradle in thy wanderings coy.

When they wake we'll end the measure
With a wild sweet cry of pleasure,

And a 'Hey down derry, let's be merry, little girl and boy!'"


Jean Ingelow.




A poem published in Home Thoughts and Home Scenes in Original Poems,
Routledge, London & New York, 1868.  Pictures by A. B. Houghton engraved
by the brothers Dalziel.


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