Inventory of the Eliza Fall Papers, ca. 1851-1856

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Inventory of the Eliza Fall Papers, ca. 1851-1856

The Huntington Library



San Marino, California

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Department
  • The Huntington Library
  • 1151 Oxford Road
  • San Marino, California 91108
  • Phone: (626) 405-2203
  • Fax: (626) 449-5720
  • Email: lgarcia@huntington.org
  • URL: http://www.huntington.org/huntingtonlibrary.aspx?id=554
Processed by:
The Huntington Library staff
Date Completed:
April 1976
© 2000 The Huntington Library. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Eliza Fall Papers,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1851-1856
Collection number: HM 42764-42816
Creator: Fall, Eliza
Extent: 53 pieces
Repository: The Huntington Library
San Marino, California 91108
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Provenance

Acquired from Christie's, Apr. 22 1959.

Access

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Eliza Fall Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Biography

Eliza Fall (1821-1881) published a book of poems in 1851 under the nom de plume Mary Maynard, concealing the fact of her authorship from all but a few. Her brother, Richard Whiteman Fall, was the childhood friend of John Ruskin who read Eliza Fall's Poems and urged her to publish them. He recommended William Henry Harrison, his editor, and it was Harrison who helped to get a publisher for her.

Subject Matter

Letters from Eliza Fall to William Henry Harrison, the editor, concerning the publication of her volume, Poems, under the pseudonym Mary Maynard. John Ruskin is a frequent subject of discussion in the letters along with several other leading literary figures of their day. The collection includes several manuscript versions of her poems and a translation of a poem by Johann Ludwig Uhland.

Contents

 

Manuscripts

 

1) A Christmas Carol: 3 stanza poem HM 42764

 

2) Invocation to the Gods: 13 stanza poem HM 42765

 

3) The Island of the Dead: 5 stanza poem HM 42766

 

4) Kind Nature, how are all thy ways with me...: sonnet HM 42767

 

5) Mary Magdalen: sonnet HM 42768

 

6) Notes: on allusions in her own poetry HM 42769

 

7) O gentle maidens that with snowy hands...: sonnet HM 42770

 

8) To - with Autumnal Violets: sonnet HM 42771

 

Letters to William Henry Harrison b

 

44 A.Ls.S. and 1 A.L. (incomplete) to Harrison concerning her efforts to have a volume of her poetry published in the latter part of 1851. Letters after the publication in 1851 of her Poems discuss possible strategies for advertising the volume and the possible publication of some of her translations of the poetry of Johann Ludwig Uhland. In the course of the letters Eliza Fall decides on her nom de plume Mary Maynard and she insists that her real identity be kept a secret, especially from her father, who was apparently incapable of appreciating poetry. John Ruskin and his work are frequently the subject of the letters. See Ruskin's Praeterita for his opinion of Eliza Fall. HM 42772-42816