Clarke, Mary Cowden, 1809-1898

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Birth 1809-06-22
Death 1898-01-12

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Mary Cowden Clarke was a British author and actress and one of the first significant female Shakespearean editors. Her family were intimates of Keats, Dickens, Fielding, and the Lambs. Working with her husband, Charles Cowden Clarke, and on her own, she compiled an impressive body of work including the major Shakespearean concordance of her day.

From the description of Mary Cowden Clarke letters and poem, 1872-1882. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 49848582

Mary Cowden Clarke (1809-1898), daughter of choirmaster, composer, musician, and publisher Victor Novello and wife of author Charles Cowden Clarke. Became renowned as a Shakespearean scholar.

From the description of Letter closing and signature, n.d. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 61503128

Mary Cowden Clarke, English literary scholar and writer. She was the eldest daughter of musician Vincent Novello, through whom she met some of the most prominent authors of Romantic period, including John Keats, Mary Shelley, and Charles and Mary Lamb. It was the Lambs' Tales from Shakespeare (1807) that ignighted in her a lifelong passion for the works of the Bard of Avon. Along with her husband, Charles Cowden Clarke, she published various books and essays related to Shakespeare throughout her life.

From the description of Mary Cowden Clarke manuscript material : 19 items, 1845-1896 (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 155362460

From the guide to the Mary Cowden Clarke manuscript material : 21 items, 1845-1896, (The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.)

Mary Victoria Cowden Clarke (n e Novello), born 1809. Married Charles Cowden Clarke, 1828. Publications: Complete Concordance to Shakespeare, 1845; The Adventures of Kit Bam, Mariner, 1848; The Girlhood of Shakespeare's Heroines, 1850; The Iron Cousin, 1854; The Song of a Drop O'Wather, by Harry Wandworth Shortfellow, 1856; World-noted Women, 1857; Trust and Remittance: Love Stories in Metred Prose, 1873; A Rambling Story, 1874; The Shakespeare Key, 1879.

Reference: Who Was Who, 1897-1916 (London. A&C Black).

From the guide to the Mary Cowden Clarke Correspondence, 1869-1874, (University of Birmingham Information Services, Shakespeare Institute Library)


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