1897 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Russell Mitford

Frederic Boase, Modern English Biography (1892-1921) 2:909-10.



MARY RUSSELL MITFORD (only child of George Mitford or Midford d. 11 Dec. 1842). b. Alresford, Hampshire 16 Dec. 1787; drew a prize in a lottery worth £20,000, 1797; ed. at. Mrs. St. Quintin's school 22 Hans place, London 1798 to 1802; one of 114 persons who competed for the poetical address to be spoken at opening of Drury Lane theatre 10 Oct. 1812; lived at Three Mile Cross near Reading 1820 to 1851, and at Swallowfield near Reading 1851 to death; granted civil list pension of £100, 1837; edited Finden's Tableaux, an annual 1838-41; author of 4 tragedies, Julian produced at Covent Garden 15 March 1823; Foscari at C.G. 4 Nov. 1826; Rienzi at Drury Lane 9 Oct. 1828; Charles I. at Victoria theatre 9 July 1834; she also wrote Mary Queen of Scots, a scena in verse 1831, and an opera libretto Sadak and Kalasrade produced 1835, her plays were published in 2 vols. 1854; author of Miscellaneous poems 1810, 2 ed. 1811; Blanch of Castile 1812; Our village, sketches of rural character and scenery 5 vols. 1824-32, 5 ed. 1856, reprinted from The Lady's magaine 1819 &c., which made her famous, children were named after her village urchins; Dramatic scenes, sonnets and other poems 1827; Belford Regis or sketches of a country town 3 vols. 1835, 3 ed. 1849; Recollections of a literary life 3 vols. 1852, 4 ed. 1859; Atherton and other tales 3 vols. 1854. d. Swallowfield 10 Jany. 1855. Life of M. R. Mitford, edited by Rev. A. G. L'Estrange 3 vols. (1870); Friendships of M. R. Mitford, edited by rev. A. G. L'Estrange (1882); M. R. Mitford's Recollections of a literary life (1859), portrait; James Payn's Literary recollections (1885) 74-97; H. F. Chorley's The authors of England (1861) 63-66, portrait; Yesterdays with authors. By James T. Fields (Boston 1873) 261-352; A book of memories. By S. C. Hall (1877) 438-49; H. Martineau's Biographical sketches (1876) 353-59; S. T. Hall's Biographical sketches (1873) 96-108; Maclise portrait gallery (1883) 355, 379, portrait; I. L. N. [Illustrated London News] xxiv 369 370 (1854) portrait, xxvi 60 (1855).