Colombo, John Robert 1936 - 0Colombo, John Robert. Abracadabra. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1967. --. The Sad Truths: New Poems. Toronto: Peter Martin Associates, 1974. --. Selected Translations. Windsor, ON: Black Moss Press, 1982. --. Selected Poems. Windsor, ON: Black Moss Press, 1982. --. Off Earth: Poems and Effects. Toronto, ON: Hounslow Press, 1987. --. Luna Park. Toronto, ON: Hounslow Press, 1994. --. Space Poems.… Read more
Conkling, Hilda 1910 - 1986
Cook, Eliza 1818 - 1889
Cooke, Edmund Vance 1866 - 1932
Edmund Vance Cooke, popularly known as "the poet laureate of childhood," was born on June 5, 1866, in Port Dover, Ontario, Canada. He began working at 13-14 years old for the White Sewing Machine Co. factory and stayed there for 14 years until he became a self-employed poet and lecturer in 1893. His first book of poems, A Patch of Pansies, came out the next year. Four years later, he married Lilith Castleberry; and… Read more
Cooper, Dr. D. 0 - 0
Little is known of Dr. D. Cooper other than that six songs of his survive in manuscripts and a fragment of an early printed book of the period. For this text, see R. L. Greene, The Early English Carols (1935), no. 465; and John Stevens, Music & Poetry in the Early Tudor Court (London: Methuen, 1961): 408-09 (and Appendix B, nos. 34, 91, 152, 261, 284, 335, for his other works).Literary Period: Tudor
Corbett, Richard 1582 - 1635Cranfield, Nicholas W. S.. “Corbett, Richard (1582-1635).” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Ed. H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. Oxford: OUP, 2004.
Cornford, (Rupert) John 1915 - 1936De-la-Noy, Michael. “Cornford, (Rupert) John (1915–1936).” Rev. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Ed. H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. Oxford: OUP, 2004. Cornford, John. Collected Writings. Ed. by Jonathan Galassi. Manchester: Carcanet Press, 1986. HX246 .C78 A2 1986 Robarts Library
Born Rupert John Cornford in Cambridge on 27 December 1915, the eldest son of Francis Macdonald Cornford, a professor of… Read more
Cory, Adela Florence Nicolson 1865 - 1904PseudonymHope, Laurence
Adela Florence Cory was born on April 9, 1865, at Stoke Bishop, Gloucestershire, to Colonel Arthur Cory and Fanny Elizabeth Griffin. She was brought up by relations in England and attended school in Richmond near London while her father, in the Bombay army, was posted in Lahore, India. Once she reached sixteen, she joined him first in Lahore and then in Karachi, where she and her sisters, Isabell and Vivian (a… Read moreLiterary Period: Edwardian
Cory, William Johnson 1823 - 1892
Educator (his tenure as Assistant Master of Eton College lasted from 1845 to 1872) and author of A Guide to Modern British History (New York: Holt, 1880-82), William Johnson became William Johnson Cory after his retirement. A brief biography appears in the third edition of Ionica, his translation of classical poems, as edited by Arthur C. Benson (London: G. Allen, 1905; PR 4507 C57I6 1905 Robarts Library). Francis… Read more
Dani Couture is a Toronto-based writer and editor. She is the author of two collections of poetry: Good Meat (Pedlar Press, 2006), and Sweet (Pedlar Press, 2010), which won the Relit Award for Poetry and was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. Her first novel, Algoma, was published by Invisible Publishing in 2011. Currently, she's the Literary Editor at This Magazine.
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Cowley, Abraham 1618 - 1667Lindsay, Alexander. “Cowley, Abraham (1618-1667).” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Ed. H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. Oxford: OUP, 2004.
Cowper, William 1731 - 1800Baird, John D.. “Cowper, William (1731-1800).” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Ed. H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. Oxford: OUP, 2004.Literary Period: Age of Johnson
Cox, Ida 1896 - 1967
Crabbe, George 1754 - 1832Faulkner, Thomas C.. “Crabbe, George (1754-1832).” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Ed. H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. Oxford: OUP, 2004.
Craig, Thomas 0 - 0
In a preface dated April 20, 1901, Craig introduces his one book of verse by explaining that it "possesses neither literary nor poetic merit" and that it "is published at the request of sundry friends of the author employed on the Beira and Mashonaland Railways" (7).
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Craik, Dinah Maria 1826 - 1887
Born the daughter of a nonconformist minister in Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, Dinah Mulock took her mother and siblings to London and supported them by writing novels, the most successful of which, John Halifax, Gentleman (1856), enabled her eventually to build Corner House in Shortlands, Kent, where she spent the rest of her life. She married George Lillie Craik, of the Macmillan publishing firm, in 1865; and… Read more
Cranch, Christopher Pearse 1813 - 1892Harding, Walter. "Cranch, Christopher Pearse." American National Biography Online. American Council of Learned Societies, 2000.
Crane, Stephen 1871 - 1900
Born on November 1, 1871, in Newark, New Jersey, Stephen Crane grew up in Port Jervis and Asbury Park. Educated at the Hudson River Institute, Lafayette College, and Syracuse University until 1890, he did journalistic work and eked out a poor living as a writer until the publication of his The Red Badge of Courage in 1895, followed by a re-issue of Maggie: A Girl of the Streets a year later. He published only two… Read moreLiterary Period: Realistic
Crapsey, Adelaide 1878 - 1914
Adelaide Crapsey taught at Kemper Hall (1902-04), Miss Lowe's Preparatory School, Stamford, Conn. (1906-08), and Smith College (1911-12). She invented the quintain and died much too young for one with such astonishing skill as a poet.
Crashaw, Richard 1613 - 1649
Crawford, Isabella Valancy 1850 - 1887
Isabella Valancy Crawford was born in Dublin in 1850 (according to conjecture, on Dec. 25), the sixth child of Dr. Stephen Dennis Crawford and Sidney Scott Crawford. The family emigrated to Canada and settled in Paisley, Ontario, in 1857, where her father became the settlement's family doctor. An alcoholic who embezzled town funds, Crawford uprooted his family again in 1861 and moved to Lakefield in the Kawarthas,… Read more
Crosbie, Lynn 1963 - 0
Lynn Crosbie has a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Toronto and is a Toronto-based writer. The author of five collections of poems, most recently, Missing Children (McClelland and Stewart, 2003), Crosby is also an anthologist, editing The Girl Wants To: Women's Representations of Sex and the Body (Coach House: 1993), Click: Becoming Feminists (MacFarlane Walter & Ross: 1997), and Plush:5 Gay… Read more
Crosby, Ernest Howard 1856 - 1907Abbot, Leonard D. Ernest Howard Crosby: A Valuation and a Tribute. Westwood, Ma., 1907. Crosby, Ernest Howard. Broad-cast. New York: Funk and Wagnalls, 1905. --. Plain Talk in Psalm and Parable. Boston: Small, Maynard & Company, 1899. 3rd edn.: London: F.R. Henderson, 1901. --. Soul of the World and Other Verses. Privately Published, 1908. --. Swords and Plowshares. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1902… Read more
Crosland, Thomas William Hodgson 1865 - 1924
Thomas William Hodgson Crosland was born in Leeds on July 21, 1865. He was among the most acerbic men of letters and journalists of his lifetime. An anti-Scottish Tory and Monarchist, a Methodist, Crosland earned his living as a Fleet Street reviewer, critic, and editor for journals like The Outlook, The Academy, and the Penny Illustrated Paper. A close friend of Lord Alfred Douglas, Crosland was notorious for his… Read more
Cummings, E. E. 1894 - 1962
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Currin, Jen 1972 - 0Currin, Jen. The Sleep of Four Cities. Vancouver: Anvil Press, 2005. PS 8605 U774 S54 Robarts Library --. Hagiography. Toronto: Coach House Books, 2008. canlit offsite 02098 Fisher Rare Book Library --. The Inquisition Yours. Toronto: Coach House Books… Read more
Cust, Henry 1861 - 1917
d' Orléans, Charles 1394 - 1465
Charles was born on 24 November 1394, the first surviving son of Louis d'Orléans and Valentina Visconti of Milan. The Duchess Valentina was banished from court in 1396 and as a result, Charles and his siblings were brought up in their father's multiple châteaux along the Loire. From an early age he was tutored by Nicolas Garbet, his father learned secretary; the young Charles proved himself to be an excellent Latinist… Read moreLiterary Period: Middle English
Dacre, Harry 1860 - 1922
Dafoe, Christopher 1936 - 0
Dana, Richard Henry 1787 - 1879Flibbert, Joseph. "Dana, Richard Henry." American National Biography Online. American Council of Learned Societies: Oxford University Press, 2000.
Daniel, Samuel 1562 - 1619
Daniel's Complete Works were edited by A. B. Grosart and published in five volumes, 1885-96. The Defense of Ryme and a selection of the poems were edited by A. C. Sprague (Harvard University Press, 1930).
Davenant, Sir William 1606 - 1668
Davey, Ernest Raymond 1921 - 1944
E. R. "Bus" Davey grew up in London, Ontario. In 1943 he was posted to the Royal Air Force Banff Strike Wing (Scotland) as a member of the 404 squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force. On October 2, 1944, piloting Beaufighter "Q" (#LV 189), Davey died as a result of a mid-air collision with Beaufighter F. "Amongst the effects of F/O Davey a copy of a poem, Extinction (The Airman's Prayer) was discovered. After the… Read more
Davidson, John 1857 - 1909
Poet, translator, novelist, and man of letters, John Davidson spent the first part of his life as a teacher in Greenock, Glasgow, Perth, Crieff, and other places. In 1884 he married Margaret Macarthur, who bore him two sons. In 1899 he moved to London and earned a living by journalism. His second and third volumes of verse, Fleet Street Eclogues (1893), proved popular, established his reputation, and earned the… Read more
Davies, William Henry 1871 - 1940The Complete Poems of W. H. Davies. Intro. by Osbert Sitwell. London: Jonathan Cape, 1963. Page, Frederick. "Davies, William Henry (1871–1940)." Rev. Annette Peach. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Ed. H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. Oxford: OUP, 2004. Online ed. Ed. Lawrence Goldman.
de Heredia, José-Maria 1842 - 1905
José-Maria de Heredia (1842-1905) was born in Cuba of a Spanish father and a French mother. Educated in France, he became the disciple and close friend of Leconte de Lisle. Like the latter, he cultivates erudition, impersonality, and perfection of form. Heredia excelled in sonnets, and these were made into a collection by him in 1893 under the tide Les Trophées."Jose-Maria de Heredia." Representative French… Read more
de La Fontaine, Jean 1621 - 1695
Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695) is the most widely read and the best loved of French classical writers. In France every school child studies his fables and leams some of them by heart. La Fontaine is a conscientious artist who also wrote longer poems and Contes et nouvelles en vers, and it is a mistake to think of him as writing primarily for children. Even in the fables, the apparently facile charm is a result of… Read more
de Lamartine, Alphonse 1790 - 1869
Alphonse de Lamartine (1790-1869) was born of a noble family at Mâcon, where he spent a happy childhood with his mother and sisters. In October 1816 Lamartine visited Aix-les-Bains where he met Madame Julie Charles, who, as Elvire, was to inspire many of the poems in the famous Méditations poétiques. She was ill with tuberculosis, but it was agreed that they would meet again the next summer at the same spot. Lamartine… Read more
de Lisle, Leconte 1818 - 1894
Leconte de Lisle (1818-1894) was born on Reunion Island off East Africa. He studied law in France but spent his life as a journalist and translator. Like Vigny, he is a pessimist, but he refuses to express his personal despair. He turns for inspiration to the classics and the Orient. In his cult of perfection of form with erudition, Leconte de Lisle had great influence on the younger poets of his day."Leconte… Read more
de Musset, Alfred 1810 - 1857
Alfred de Musset (1810-1857) belonged to a distinguished family. After brilliant studies, he became a popular member of fashionable society and began to write poetry and plays. The great event in Musset's life was an unhappy love affair with George Sand (1833-4), which inspired his most poignant works (the "Nuits" On ne badine fas avec l'amour, and so on) but left him broken in spirit."Alfred de Musset."… Read more
de Nerval, Gerard 1808 - 1855
de Régnier, Henri 1864 - 1936
Henri de Régnier (1864-1936) is the author of many novels and short stories as well as collections of poetry and essays on literary criticism. He began as a disciple of Leconte de Lisle and Heredia and later became one of the chiefs of the Symbolist movement. His poetry is notable for its delicate effects and the perfection of its form."Henri de Régnier." Representative French Poetry. Ed. Victor E. Graham. 2nd… Read more
de Ronsard, Pierre 1524 - 1585
Pierre de Ronsard (1524-1585), who was the leader of the "Pléiade," is a poet of superlative technique and tremendous variety. After a brief career as a page in the royal household, cut short by an illness which left him deaf, Ronsard along with Du Bellay became a member of a group which studied Greek and Latin under the famous humanist, Dorat. In his Odes and the unsuccessful epic La Franciade, we see very clearly… Read more
de Vigny, Alfred 1797 - 1863
Alfred de Vigny (1797-1863) was a rather austere man, proud of his noble birth and the restrictive demands of the military career which was traditional in his family. His poetry is philosophic and the lessons it teaches are stoic: nature is cruel or indifferent and man must accept his destiny unflinchingly; the thinker is isolated from his fellow-men but only through knowledge can we hope to strive for the best,… Read more
Defoe, Daniel 1660 - 1731PseudonymMoreton, Andrew
Dekker, Thomas 1570 - 1632
Denham, Sir John 1615 - 1669
Dennis, John 1657 - 1734
Derozio, Henry Louis Vivian 1809 - 1831
Henry Louis Vivian Derozio, described by P. Lal as a "Calcutta Eurasian of Portuguese Indian ancestry," was born on April 18, 1809, and educated in a private English-speaking school in the Dharmatala or (today) Esplanade area around the Shahid Minar in Calcutta. A journalist who contributed verse to the India Gazette and brought out a book of English poetry, The Fakeer of Jungheera in 1828, Derozio by that year had… Read more