Combining her interest in feminism with her commitment to Catholicism, Adelaide Procter (1825–1864) wrote poetry designed not only to engage a wide audience of readers but also to increase her readers’ spiritual devotion and social action as she encouraged them to pay closer attention to the inequities in their society and work to address them.
Adelaide Anne Procter was born in London on October 30, 1825. Her father, Bryan Waller Procter, trained and worked as a solicitor but was also a well-known author, publishing poems and essays under the pseudonym of Barry Cornwall. Her mother, Anne Skepper Procter, was an engaging hostess who became known for her literary salons frequented by authors and artists such as Thomas Carlyle, Charles Dickens, William Makepeace Thackeray, Anna Murphy Jameson, Fanny Kemble, the Rossettis, and Robert Browning (Gregory 1998). Adelaide Procter, then, was raised in a home that was permeated by literature and the arts. Dickens, in...
KeywordsPoetry Women’s employment Social action Catholicism Feminism
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