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Charlotte Mary Mew

(1869-1928), Poet

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Charlotte Mew is one of the most elusive poets of the early twentieth century. Having published short fiction in The Yellow Book (1894-97), Mew later published celebrated poems (including haunting dramatic monologues) in The Farmer’s Bride (1916). She experienced grief and sorrow from an early age and her poetry and stories explore themes of death, mental illness and loneliness. Three of her brothers died in infancy and both her eldest brother and youngest sister went to live in asylums. Mew’s first collection of poems The Farmer’s Bride was published in 1916 and received praise from the literary community, notably from Siegfried Sassoon, Thomas Hardy and Virginia Woolf.

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Charlotte Mary Mew, by Dorothy Hawksley - NPG 3550

Charlotte Mary Mew

by Dorothy Hawksley
watercolour, 1926
On display in Room 25 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3550

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