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A. Mary F. Robinson, Poet and Aesthete: A workshop on the Fin de Siecle

Friday, 17 June 2011 - Keynes Library, Birkbeck College, 11am to 4pm

Speakers: Laurel Brake - Philip Bullock - Stefano Evangelista - Catherine Maxwell - Ana Parejo Vadillo -Martha Vicinus

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Punch (1885) Robinson in the British Museum Reading Room (the only woman in the room) with her first book of poems A Handful of Honeysuckle (1879). On the left hand corner is A.C. Swinburne.

A. Mary F. Robinson was the ultimate aesthete. A prolific writer, her aestheticist poetry was much loved by Walter Pater, John Addington Symonds and D.G. Rossetti. Dressed in medieval clothes, she welcomed to her home Oscar Wilde, Arthur Symons, Amy Levy, Henry James, George Moore, Philip Marston, William M. Rossetti and many, many others. Today she is mostly remembered as Vernon Lee’s first love. But her important contribution to the late nineteenth century still needs to be written.

Combining papers and seminars, this event aims to celebrate and rediscover the work of this forgotten aesthete.

This workshop is free and open to everyone, but booking is essential. Please contact a.parejovadillo@bbk.ac.uk


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