Alice Meynell

Meynell, Alice (Thompson)

Alice (Thompson) Meynell (mĕn´əl), 1847–1922, English poet and essayist. She spent most of her youth in Italy. Converted to Roman Catholicism in 1872, she wrote much on religious subjects. In 1877 she married Wilfrid Meynell (1852–1948), the founder and editor of Merry England, a Catholic paper, to which she was a frequent contributor. The Meynells befriended and encouraged Francis Thompson, whose work also appeared in their magazine. A complete edition of Meynell's poetry was published in 1923. Her verse, characterized by control and religious emotion, includes "The Shepherdess," "A Letter from a Girl to Her Own Old Age," and the sonnet "Renouncement." The Rhythm of Life (1893) and The Second Person Singular (1921) are among her many books of essays.

See biography by her daughter Viola Meynell (1929).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Alice Meynell, a Memoir
Viola Meynell.
C. Scribner's Sons, 1929
FREE! The Spirit of Place, and Other Essays
Alice Meynell.
J. Lane, 1899
FREE! The Colour of Life: And Other Essays on Things Seen and Heard
Alice Meynell.
John Lane Company, 1896 (4th edition)
British Poetry of the Eighteen-Nineties
Donald Davidson.
Doubleday, Doran, 1937
Encyclopedia of the Essay
Tracy Chevalier.
Fitzroy Dearborn, 1997
The Letters of George Meredith to Alice Meynell: With Annotations Thereto, 1896-1907
George Meredith; Alice Christiana Thompson Meynell.
Nonesuch Press, 1923
Hearts of Controversy
Alice Meynell.
Charles Scribner's Sons
FREE! Essays
Alice Meynell.
Charles Scribner's Sons, 1914
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