1862 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Howitt

Thomas Arnold, in A Manual of English Literature (1862; 1885) 454.



Mary Howitt (nee Botham) was born at Uttoxeter in 1804. She was a member of the Society of Friends, and married in 1823 William Howitt, also a member of that community. They were both gifted with considerable literary talent, and their joint efforts produced much valuable and useful work. In 1823 they published under their joint names a volume of Poems entitled The Forest Minstrel, and in 1827 another volume, The Desolation of Eyam, and other Poems. Between the years 1831 and 1837 appeared Mrs. Howitt's most important poetical work, The Seven Temptations; and she also began that series of books for the young, Strive and Thrive; Hope on, Hope Ever; Sowing and Reaping, &c. which will always be pleasantly connected with her name. Later on she devoted herself to the study of Swedish, and translated the novels of Frederika Bremer with much charm and felicity of expression. The most important prose work produced by her husband and herself was a History of the Literature of Northern Europe (1852).