Readers of the early Victorian poet Maria Jane Jewsbury (1800-1833) will have been acquainted with her literary criticism, most notably her work on Jane Austen, and her poem Oceanides, a chronicle of her voyage to India with new husband William Kew Fletcher.1 Her poetry, published chiefly in miscellanies and annuals, has also been explored by critics like Leslie Marchand, Ellen Peel, and Nanora Sweet.2 One such poem, entitled "Winter Welcomed," is indexed by Katherine D. Harris as appearing on page 112 of the 1828 Forget-Me-Not, a popular nineteenth-century gift book:3 'Tis Winter- winter wild and drear, The heavens are dark, the earth is sere. According to the Dictionary of National Biography, Jewsbury's mysterious 1826 illness was aggravated by a spiritual crisis.
Maria Jane Jewsbury to Henry Jephson, M.D.: An Undiscovered Poetic Fragment Kathleen Béres Rogers Victorian Poetry; Winter 2008; 46, 4;
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