Clarke, Mary Cowden, 1809-1898

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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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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Autograph File, C, 1554-2002. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Louis Arthur Holman collection of Keats iconography and related papers, 1752-1963. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881. Letters, [ca. 1863-1878], Boston. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Mary Cowden Clark letters and portrait, 1848-1871 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Clarke, Mary Cowden, 1809-1898. Letter to Mrs. Taylor. Genoa, Italy. [186-?] Feb. 21. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Charles Cowden Clarke manuscript material : 151 items, 1812-ca. 1880 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
creatorOf Clarke, Mary Cowden, 1809-1898. Letters to Horace Howard Furness and Helen Kate Rogers Furness, 1877-1896. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Clarke, Mary Cowden, 1809-1898. Letter to John Priestly. Bayswater, Eng. 1852 Jan. 15. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Ingleby, C. M. (Clement Mansfield), 1823-1886,. Letters to Clement Mansfield Ingleby from various correspondents [manuscript], 1877-1884 Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Addition to the Prints Collection None., 1718-1945 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Pforzheimer, Carl H. (Carl Howard), 1879-1957,. Carl H. Pforzheimer collection of Shelley and his circle : manuscripts, 1772-1925 (bulk 1780-1850). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Clarke, Charles Cowden, 1787-1877,. Autograph letters signed from Charles Cowden Clarke to various people [manuscript], 1845-1874. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Joseph Severn papers, 1821-1899. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Clarke, Charles Cowden, 1787-1877. Autograph letter signed Charles and Mary Cowden Clarke to: Mr. Fields January 30, 1875. Wellesley College
referencedIn Clarke, Charles Cowden, 1787-1877,. Autograph letter from Charles Cowden Clarke to an unnamed reviewer in the Daily news [manuscript], 1862 April 15. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Mary Cowden Clarke Correspondence, 1869-1874 University of Birmingham Information Services, Shakespeare Institute Library
creatorOf Clarke, Mary Cowden, 1809-1898. Letter to [?]. Genoa, Italy. 1881 Oct. 11. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Autograph File, H, 1584-1988. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Hatton, John Liptrot, 1809-1886. Come, celebrate the May / [words by] Mary Cowden Clarke ;[music by] J.L. Hatton. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Clarke, Mary Cowden, 1809-1898. Mary Cowden Clarke letters and poem, 1872-1882. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Shakespeare Society of New York. Records of the Shakespeare Society of New York [manuscript], 1852-1853. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Clarke, Mary Cowden, 1809-1898. Letter to [?]. Genoa, Italy. 1894 Nov. 21. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Clarke, Mary Cowden, 1809-1898. Printed prospectuses and announcements with autograph annotations and additions of Mary Cowden Clarke [manuscript], ca.1880. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Collier, John Payne, 1789-1883. John Payne Collier manuscript material : 2 items, 1830-1860 New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Clarke, Mary Cowden, 1809-1898. Papers of Mary Cowden Clarke, 1850-1897. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Clarke, Mary Cowden, 1809-1898. Sonnet on receiving a copy of A treasury of English sonnets : autograph copy of the poem signed : Genoa, to Mrs. J.T. Fields, 1880 Jan. 27. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Clarke, Mary Cowden, 1809-1898. Philadelphion Society miscellany of Mary Cowden Clarke [manuscript], 1848-1870. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Clarke, Mary Cowden, 1809-1898. Letter to Col. Charles Hamilton Smith. Bayswater, Eng. 1846 Nov. 17. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Clarke, Charles Cowden, 1787-1877. Charles Cowden Clarke and Mary Cowden Clarke correspondence, 1875. Library of Congress
creatorOf Clarke, Mary Cowden, 1809-1898,. Autograph letter signed from Mary Cowden Clarke, Bayswater, to Charles F. Dennet, Esq. [manuscript], 1852 January 17. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Clarke, Mary Cowden, 1809-1898. Letter : Villa Novello, Genoa, to F. Holland Day, London, 1889 Oct. 12. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
creatorOf O'Neill, Eliza, 1791-1872. Eliza O'Neill manuscript material : 1 item, 1845 New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Harry Buxton Forman manuscript material : 60 items, 1877-1913 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
creatorOf Clarke, Mary Cowden, 1809-1898. Letter to Ben W. Austen. Genoa, Italy. 1889 Oct. 16. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn James Thomas Fields collection of autographs and portraits of distinguished women, 1814-1907. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Ingleby, C. M. (Clement Mansfield), 1823-1886,. Letters to Clement Mansfield Ingleby from various correspondents [manuscript], 1871-1877. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Ingleby, C. M. (Clement Mansfield), 1823-1886,. Letters to Clement Mansfield Ingleby from various correspondents [manuscript], 1858-1882. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Clarke, Mary Cowden, 1809-1898. Letter to Frederick A. Turner. Genoa, Italy. 1896 Oct. 3. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Barry Cornwall manuscript material : 13 items, 1816-1862 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
creatorOf Clarke, Mary Cowden, 1809-1898. Mary Cowden Clarke manuscript material : 19 items, 1845-1896 New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Clarke, Charles Cowden, 1787-1877. Papers of Charles and Mary Cowden Clarke, 1869. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Mary Cowden Clarke manuscript material : 21 items, 1845-1896 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
referencedIn Hale, George S. (George Silsbee), 1825-1897. George S. Hale letters to Miss Adams [manuscript], 1896, 1897. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn William Warland Clapp correspondence, 1790-1891 (inclusive), 1840-1891 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Guiney, Louise Imogen, 1861-1920. Louise Imogen Guiney manuscript material : 1 item, 1889 New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Ingleby, C. M. (Clement Mansfield), 1823-1886,. Letters to Clement Mansfield Ingleby from various correspondents [manuscript], 1861-1886. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Towers, Isabella Jane. Original essays, scraps, etc. : album, 1827-1863. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Locker-Lampson, Frederick, 1821-1895,. Autograph letter signed from F. Locker to Robert Browning [manuscript], 19th century Wednesday. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Clarke, Charles Cowden, 1787-1877. Letter : Genoa (Italy), to "Editor of the Daily news," 1862 Apr. 15. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
creatorOf Cornwall, Barry, 1787-1874. Barry Cornwall manuscript material : 13 items, 1816-1862 New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Hunt, Thornton Leigh, 1810-1873. Thornton Leigh Hunt manuscript material : 14 items, 1823-1870 New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Ingleby, C. M. (Clement Mansfield), 1823-1886,. Letters to Clement Mansfield Ingleby from various correspondents, 1865-1881. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Clarke, Mary Cowden, 1809-1898. Letter to Mrs. Tagart. Bayswater, Eng. 1848 Oct. 17. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Clarke, Charles Cowden, 1787-1877. The Shakespeare key, [ca. 1877]. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Connon Collection. Full length portrait of Mrs. Ariss wearing white house-bonnet and dark dress with long sleeves and full, floor length skirt. University of Guelph
referencedIn Albert Stephens Borgman autograph collection, 1600-1950. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Clarke, Mary Cowden, 1809-1898. Autograph letter signed Mary Cowden Clarke to: "Dear kind Friend" October 24, 1882. Wellesley College
creatorOf Clarke, Mary Cowden, 1809-1898. Letter to S. C. Hall. Genoa, Italy. 1879 Apr. 3. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Ingleby, C. M. (Clement Mansfield), 1823-1886,. Autograph letters to Clement Mansfield Ingleby signed from various correspondents [manuscript], 1853-1878. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Savage, Richard, 1847-1924. Letter, 1920, September 12, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, to Philip D. Sherman, Oberlin, Ohio. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Clarke, Mary Cowden, 1809-1898. Letter to Mrs. Taylor. Bayswater, Eng. 1856 Mar. 4. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Clarke, Mary Cowden, 1809-1898. Autograph letter signed Mary Cowden Clarke to: James Munroe & Co. August 13, 1857. Wellesley College
creatorOf Clarke, Mary Cowden, 1809-1898. Letters : Genoa, to Louise Imogen Guiney, Auburndale, Mass., 1889 April 27 and May 1. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
creatorOf Clarke, Mary Cowden, 1809-1898. Poems, mostly sonnets, by Mary Cowden Clarke, [19th century]. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Lamb, Charles, 1775-1834. Letter to Charles Cowden Clarke, ca. 1828. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Sarah Orne Jewett correspondence, 1861-1930. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Clarke, Charles Cowden, 1787-1877,. Autograph letter signed from Charles Cowden Clarke, Genoa, to the editor of the Daily news [manuscript], 1862 Febrary 15. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Letters to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1761-1904 (inclusive) 1820-1888 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Rogers Memorial Collection: Clara Kathleen Rogers papers, 1860-1934. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Ingleby, C. M. (Clement Mansfield), 1823-1886,. Letters to Clement Mansfield Ingleby from various correspondents [manuscript], 1858-1874. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Clarke, Mary Cowden, 1809-1898. Letters : Nice Maritime, Genoa, Stuttgart, 1849 Nov. 10-1896 May 5. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
creatorOf Clarke, Mary Cowden, 1809-1898. Letter closing and signature, n.d. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Clarke, Charles Cowden, 1787-1877. Proofs of The Shakespeare key, 1879, by Charles and Mary Cowden-Clarke, with some further additions [manuscript], [19th century]. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn John Payne Collier manuscript material : 2 items, 1830-1860 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
creatorOf Clarke, Mary Cowden, 1809-1898,. Autograph letters signed or initialled from Mary Cowden Clarke to Robert Balmanno [manuscript], 1851-1861. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Letters from various correspondents, 1819-1889.. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Clarke, Mary Cowden, 1809-1898. Poems / by Mary Cowden Clarke / transcribed by Charles Cowden Clarke.
referencedIn Hiram Corson papers, 1842-1956. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn Alice Meynell manuscript material : 1 item, between 1877 and 1897 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
creatorOf Clarke, Mary Cowden, 1809-1898. Autograph letter signed : Nice, to "My dear Enthusiast" [Robert Balmanno], 1857 Aug. 7. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Clarke, Charles Cowden, 1787-1877. Charles Cowden Clarke manuscript material : 149 items, 1812-ca. 1880 New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Corson, Hiram, 1828-1911. Hiram Corson papers, 1842-1956. Cornell University Library
referencedIn The Robert Cushman Butler Collection of Theatrical Illustrations Washington State University Libraries: Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
creatorOf Clarke, Mary Cowden, 1809-1898. Letter to Eric Robertson. Coblenz, Germany. 1883 July 12. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Clarke, Mary Cowden, 1809-1898,. Autograph letters signed from Mary Cowden Clarke to various recipients [manuscript], 1843-1896. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Sullivan, Arthur, Sir, 1842-1900. Autograph letter signed : 1 Queen's Mansions, Victoria Street, S.W., [London], to Mrs. Clarke, [n.y.] May 13. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Clarke, Mary Cowden, 1809-1898. Letter to Emma Novello. Genoa, Italy. 1867 Sept. 15. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Forman, H. Buxton (Harry Buxton), 1842-1917. Harry Buxton Forman manuscript material : 59 items, 1877-1913 New York Public Library System, NYPL
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Short stories, English--19th century--Manuscripts--Specimens
English essays--19th century--Manuscripts--Specimens
Poems
Women authors, English--Correspondence
Copybooks
Women
Authors, English--19th century--Correspondence
Women scholars--Correspondence
English poetry--19th century--Manuscripts--Specimens
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Birth 1809-06-22

Death 1898-01-12

English

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