1891 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Caroline Norton

Samuel Smiles, in A Publisher and his Friends: Memoir of John Murray (1891) 2:416.



In September 1840, there appeared an article in the Quarterly, by H. Nelson Coleridge, on Modern English Poetesses. Mrs. Norton's name headed a long list of authors criticized; her works were highly praised and she herself was styled "the Byron of modern poetesses." Lady Emmeline Wortley and an anonymous authoress "V," were handled in after a somewhat sever and sarcastic fashion. The different writers were likened to various flowers. "Mrs. Norton to the Rose, or, if she prefers it, to the 'love-lies-a-bleeding.'"