E.Nesbit Poem: Vies Manquees (1888)

February 26, 2011

VIES MANQUEES. A YEAR ago we walked the wood —A year ago to-day ;A blackbird fluttered round her brood Deep in the white-flowered niay.We trod the happy woodland ways,Where sunset streamed betweenThe hazel stems in long dusk rays,And turned to gold the green. A thrush sang where the ferns uncurled,And clouds of wind-flowers grew :I missed the […]

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A Study in cooperation and scholarly generosity: Briggs and Langley Moore

February 25, 2011

I’ve been reading quite a few academic tit for tats. Book reviews with prompt responses which in turn prompt a response to the response by the original reviewer. In the least they are petty, sometimes robust and healthy discussions, and in the worst vitriolic and all too personal attacks. However, I’ve come to see the […]

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Possibilities of E.Nesbit

February 24, 2011

  Possibilities (1888) E.Nesbit  Part of the Easter-tide collection published by E.P. Dutton (1888)  PRINCESS, sleeping in enchanted bowers,Earth springs to waking at Spring’s voiceand kiss,And after Winters cold unlovely hours,Laughs out to find how beautiful she is.Spring flings a song across the field and fold,And sighs it through the glad wood’s tangled ways;And million, […]

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H.R. Millar: Victorian Illustrator

February 22, 2011

Harold Robert Millar (1869 – 1940) was a prolific Scottish graphic artist and illustrator of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.* He is best known for his illustrations of children’s books and fantasy literature “His work…has a lively, imaginative charm and a distinctive sense of design.”**Born in Dumfries, in 1869, Millar first studied and […]

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Poetry of E.Nesbit: Song (1888)

February 21, 2011

  This is a song for Spring, or a Spring-song… SOFT is the ground underfoot, Soft are the skies overhead,Green is the ivy round brown hedge root,Green is the moss where we tread.Purple the woods are, and brown; The blackbird is glossy and sleek.He knows that the worms are no more kept downBy frost out […]

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Two Women: Grandmotherly love

February 20, 2011

I was reading this poem by E.Nesbit today and it tugged at something deep within me. It is from her 1886 collection Lays and Legends. TO TWO WOMEN.YOU who bore the pain and careOnly women have to bear,You who staked your life to winLife for me, to love you in,You who loved me all these […]

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Poetry of E.Nesbit: Eastertide (1888)

February 19, 2011

This poem sits on one of the first leaves of one of Nesbit’s earliest published works, Eastertide (1888). It was published by E.P. Dutton & Co. A Golden halo floats above the hills. And Spring hath touched the  crisp brown woods below, The cuckoo loudly calls, and birds build nests. When orchards gleam beneath  their […]

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Trying to Romance a Stone…

February 18, 2011

I’m not married. I feel the need to say that. Because i suspect over the next few months there might be quite a few tidbits about a chap named Bert, who I will speak of as if we were married. We are, I guess. But only in the way that intellectual-nerdy types think of when […]

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What hope have I got? On 5000 words a day and a game of badminton!

October 28, 2010

So Monday we start our version of NAtional Novel Writing Month by focusing our attention onto our own works of fiction  theses. As i was writing I came across this quote in Julia Briggs’ biography of E.Nesbit, titled A Woman of Passion. It left me slightly bemused, a little overwhelmed and wondering ‘what hope have […]

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Fathers in Fiction

July 24, 2010

I came across this great post by Andrew Martin, the presenter of BBC’s Disappearing Dad, on father figures in fiction. It caught my attention intially because of the mention of Nesbit’s The Railway Children. _________________________Anna M Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD student in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at […]

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