Meynell, Wilfrid, 1852-1948

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Birth 1852-11-17
Death 1948-10-20

Biographical notes:

Wilfrid Meynell was an English man of letters. Born in Newcastle, he converted to Catholicism at the age of eighteen. He wrote articles, poems, and stories, and edited journals such as The Weekly Register and Merry England. His wife Alice was also a writer, and their son Francis founded Nonesuch Press.

From the description of Wilfrid Meynell letters, 1900-1908. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 61325264

Wilfrid Meynell (1852-1948) was an English poet, essayist, and journalist. Meynell edited periodicals and wrote stories, verse, and articles, sometimes under his own name and sometimes as "John Oldcastle," "Francis Phillimore," or anonymously. He discovered the poet Francis Thompson, who for 19 years was an adopted son in the Meynell household.

From the description of Wilfrid Meynell letter to Margaret Zogbaum, 1926 February 14. (University of Delaware Library). WorldCat record id: 475551100

Wilfrid Meynell (1852–1948) was an English poet, essayist, and journalist. Meynell edited periodicals and wrote stories, verse, and articles, sometimes under his own name and sometimes as "John Oldcastle," "Francis Phillimore," or anonymously. He discovered the poet Francis Thompson, who for 19 years was an adopted son in the Meynell household.

"Meynell, Wilfrid." Hutchinson Encyclopedia of Biography reproduced in Wilson Web Biography Reference Bank. http://vnweb.hwwilsonweb.com/hww/ (accessed April 2008).

From the guide to the Wilfrid Meynell letter to Margaret Zogbaum, 1926 February 14, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

British author, poet, and publisher.

Meynell, born in 1852 to Quaker parents, converted to Catholicism (1870). He contributed verses to Emily Priestman's Simple Tales (1873) and co-authored Verses by Three Friends. Meynell was introduced to the publication trade by Catholic-convert Fr. William Lockhart, who was his model for professional Catholic journalism and Christian charity. Meynell married writer and poet Alice C. Thompson (1877); they had seven children. He became editor of the Weekly Register and founded the magazine Merry England (1883), a liberal Catholic literary magazine. Meynell wrote several books and supported the work of literary figures, including poet Francis Thompson. He had a long-standing friendship with Boston College's Terrence Connolly, SJ. Wilfrid Meynell died in 1948.

From the description of Wilfrid Meynell collection, 1881-1971, bulk 1893-1941. (Boston College). WorldCat record id: 68813693

Newspaper editor.

Wilfrid Meynell was born in 1852. He was the founder and editor of Merry England, a Catholic paper, and he married Alice Thompson, an English poet and essayist. Meynell died in 1948.

From the description of Letter, 1894. (Florida State University). WorldCat record id: 50657640

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Subjects:

  • English literature--Catholic authors--History--Sources
  • Publishers and publishing--History--Sources
  • Novelists--20th century
  • Authors, English--20th century--History--Sources
  • Journalists--20th century
  • Authors, English--19th century--History--Sources
  • Male authors, English--20th century--Correspondence
  • English literature--20thcentury--Sources

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  • Authors, English

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  • Great Britain (as recorded)
  • Great Britain (as recorded)