Alfred H. Miles, ed. Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century. 1907.
Prefatory, Vol I.
THE WORK of the Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century is a characteristic feature of its literature. This fact, and the interest attached to it, have suggested the treatment of the women poets in separate volumes, two in number, the first covering the period from Joanna Baillie to Jean Ingelow, and the second that from Christina Rossetti to the close of the century.
The Editor begs gratefully to acknowledge his numerous obligations to poets and publishers in this connection; to Messrs. Smith, Elder & Co. for the use of the latest text of the poems of Elizabeth Barrett Browning; to the late Mrs. Kemble and her publishers for a selection from her poems; to Messrs. Warne & Co. for the use of several poems by Eliza Cook; to Charles L. Lewis, Esq., for permission to select from the poems of the late George Eliot, published by Messrs. Blackwood & Sons; to Messrs. Bell & Sons for the use of the selections from the poems of the late Adelaide Procter; to G. L. Craik, Esq., for a similar favour concerning the poems of the author of John Halifax, Gentleman, and to the late Jean Ingelow and her publishers, Messrs. Longmans & Co., for selections from Lyrical and other Poems.
A. H. M.
NOTE:IN the prefatory note of the first edition of this work (1891) the Editor invited criticism with a view to the improvement of future editions. Several critics responded to this appeal, and their valuable suggestions have been considered in preparing this re-issue. In some cases the text has been revised and the selection varied; in others, additions have been made to complete the representation. The biographical and bibliographical matter has been brought up to date.