Index to poems
  • Bovey, Patricia E. "Bertram Richard Brooker." The Canadian Encyclopedia / The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada.
  • Brooker, Bertram. Sounds Assembling: The Poetry of Bertram Brooker. Ed. Birk Sproxton. Winnipeg: Turnstone Press, 1980. PS8503 .R62 S69 Robarts Library
  • --. Think of the Earth. Toronto: Nelson, 1936. B-11 04955 Fisher Rare Book Library

Born July 18, 1811, in Calcutta, William Makepeace Thackeray was sent to England in 1817 at his father's death. He was educated at the Charterhouse School in England from 1822 to 1826 and attended Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1829-30 but left without graduating. At first unsuccessful as a journalist, Thackeray came into his own in writing for Fraser's Magazine, Punch, The Times and other journals, especially in serially publishing The Luck of Barry Lyndon under the pseudonym George Savage FitzBoodle. Thackeray soon starting publishing novels serially under his own name. He achieved fame with Vanity Fair (1847-48), Pendennis (1848-50), Henry Esmond (1852), The Newcomes (1853), and The Virginians (1857-59). The poems he wrote were jeux d'esprit and reflect his good-natured temperment. In his family life he was less lucky. He married Isabella Shawe, who bore him three daughters and then suffered a permanent mental collapse. Thackeray died on Christmas eve, December 24, 1863. The standard biography is by Gordon Ray, Thackeray, 2 vols. (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1955-58; PR 5631 .R33 St. Michael's College Library). For Thackeray's periodical contributions, see Edgar F. Harden's Checklist (Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria, 1996; Z 8869 H37 1996 Robarts Library).


Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, also known as Lewis Carroll (his pseudonym), was born in 1832 and educated at Rugby College and Christ Church, Oxford. Although a lecturer in mathematics there from 1855, Dodgson achieved international fame as the author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1866) and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found there (1871). A boat ride with the three daughters of H. G. Liddell, dean of Christ Church -- Alice, Edith, and Lorina -- inspired him to write these tales, which include much of his extant verse. He published poetry as well in Phantasmagoria and Other Poems (1869), The Hunting of the Snark (1876), and Rhyme? and Reason? (1883). He died in 1898. For a biography, see Donald Serrell Thomas's Lewis Carroll: A Portrait with Background (London: John Murray, 1996; PR 4612 T48 1996 Robarts Library). Roger Lancelyn Green edited his diaries (2 vols., 1954) and co-edited with Morton M. Cohen his letters (2 vols., 1979). See also The Annotated Alice, introduced by Martin Gardner (New York: Clarkson N. Potter, 1960; PR 4611 A55 1960 Robarts Library).

  • Cohen, Morton N.. “Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge [Lewis Carroll] (1832-1898).” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Ed. H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. Oxford: OUP, 2004.