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Selected Poetry of Margaret E. Sangster (1838-1912)


from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2004, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

My husband calls from his corner,
"Say, love! have the children come?"
And I answer, with eyes uplifted,
"Yes, dear! they are all at home!"
        (Are the Children at Home?, 61-64)
  1. Are the Children at Home?
  2. The Old Sampler
  3. The Sin of Omission
  4. When I am Old --


Notes on Life and Works

Margaret E. Sangster was born Margaret Munson on February 22, 1838, in New Rochelle, New York, and attended schools in Paterson, New Jersey, and Brooklyn, New York. She gave up an early career in writing when she married George Sangster in 1858. At his death in 1871, she returned to writing, becoming associate editor of Hearth and Home. In 1875, she edited "Christian at Work" and then the "Christian Intelligencer," in 1882 "Harper's Young People," and from 1889 to 1899 "Harper's Bazaar." She was a prolific writer of fiction and verse, famous for such poems as "Are the Children at Home?" A member of the Dutch Reformed Church, she died blind on June 4, 1912, in South Orange, New Jersey. She described her life in An Autobiography: From My Youth Up; Personal Reminiscences (1909).

Biographical information

Given name: Margaret E.
Family name: Sangster
Maiden name: Munson
Birth date: 22 February 1838
Death date: 4 June 1912
Nationality: American
Education
          Paterson, New Jersey ( )
          Brooklyn, New York ( )
Religion: Dutch Reformed
Literary period: Victorian
Occupation: Editor: 1871 to 1899
Residences
          South Orange, New Jersey to 1912
          New Rochelle, New York: 1838
Illness: Blindness
First RPO edition: 2003