A Caris Brooke Poem: Then and Now

by Anna Blanch on March 11, 2011

Then and Now OH the beautiful breathing earth,Clad in purple and decked with gold,Oh the wealth of blossom ! the song of birds,The love that was told and untold!Oh the madness of Summer everywhere.In the still rapt sky and the wooing air.And we who were nothing, only a partOf the throbbing passionate mother-heart!Oh the bitter […]

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Caris Brooke Poem: Quand Meme (1888)

by Anna Blanch on March 8, 2011

Caris Brooke was the pseudonym of Saretta Green, E.Nesbit’s half sister.This poem was published as part of Nesbit’ Easter-tide collection of 1888 published by E.P. Dutton. QUAND MEME.EXULTANT in the gray uncertain light,Out of a dream the bird-voice seemed to break,As if it came from woods and fields of home, — Proclaiming, “Spring is here. […]


Rudyard Kipling’s If

by Anna Blanch on March 5, 2011

Rudyard Kipling’s “IF” was first included in Rewards and Fairies. It is a beautiful poem to listen to, an exhortation of sorts. This poem particularly moves me and challenges me when read aloud. IF IF you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,If you can trust […]


Caris Brooke’s Yesterday

by Anna Blanch on March 4, 2011

I’ve been sharing a few poems by Caris Brooke lately. Caris Brooke was a moderately successful poet in the 1880’s publishing a number of small decorative poems. As far as I can tell, the only collection in which Caris Brooke’s work is included, is the 1888 Eastertide collection by E.Nesbit, in which Brooke appears as […]


H.R. Millar: Victorian Illustrator

by Anna Blanch on 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 […]


This post explores the parallels, similarities and differences between Beatrice and Beatrix. Similar in name and date and even social circles it can be easy to mistake them for one another. (Martha) Beatrice Potter WebbBorn: 22 January 1858Died: 30 April 1943 English sociologist, economist, fabian socialist (1903-1908), and reformer, usually referred to in association with […]


Fathers in Fiction

by Anna Blanch on 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 […]


Today I want to share an interview with John Durham Peters on how the 19th century rise of new communications technologies was related to various forms of spiritualism. This is one of the free Mars Hill Hill Audio bonus tracks – in fact it’s in volume 47.! Here is the full list of free interviews. […]


Indifference: G. A. Studdert Kennedy

April 8, 2010

Indifference G. A. Studdert Kennedy 1When Jesus came to Golgotha they hanged Him on a tree,2They drave great nails through hands and feet, and made a Calvary;3They crowned Him with a crown of thorns, red were His wounds and deep,4For those were crude and cruel days, and human flesh was cheap.5When Jesus came to Birmingham […]

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Research Question: What does this image on the back of the Neolith represent?

February 8, 2010

In the course of my research travels last week I was very encouraged to find a full copy of all four issues of Neolith, a periodical published in 1907-1908 by E.Nesbit, Graily Hewitt, F.Ernest Jackson, and G. Spencer Pryse.On the back cover of each issue is this logo/image. I’ve never seen anything like it and […]

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