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CROKER, Margaret Sarah (b. 1773)
[Nugae canorae. 1819]
Nugæ canoræ. By Miss M.S. Croker, ...
London: printed for the author, by G. Sidney; published by Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, 1819.
xvi, 94, [2] p. ; 24.7 cm. (4º)

A collection of poems. This is a re-issue of a volume first published by J. Souter in 1818. With a list of subscribers on pp. [ix]--xvi (which does not include Soane but shows a significant number of subscribers resident in Lincoln's Inn Fields, Bloomsbury, Holborn, Russell Square and neighbourhoods) and a note promising that a second part of the list of names will be published shortly. The architect William Porden, of Berners Street, is listed among the subscribers. Last leaf blank. Margaret Sarah Croker, is best known for her novel, The Question, Who is Anna, 1818, unusual for its sympathetic portrayal of the protagonist's illegitimacy. See V. Blain, P. Clements, & I. Grundy, The feminist companion to literature in English (London 1990), which describes this along with her other extant poems as 'well written, feeling, but not remarkable'. She applied to the Royal Literary Fund in 1816 (RLF Archive file no. 327). She also published A Tribute to the Memory of Sir Samuel Romilly, 1818. Romilly (1757--1818) was one of the great reformers of his age, advocating the abolition of slavery and the emancipation of Catholics, and the liberalisation of the penal code. He lived in Russell Square.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on front paste-down: 13 Aug: 1819 0/10/6. Unopened.

Binding Original C19th grey paper boards.

Reference Number 2014


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