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Selected Poetry of Lydia Maria Child (1802-1880)


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
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

Over the river, and through the wood,
Oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes,
And bites the nose,
As over the ground we go.
        (The New-England Boy's Song about Thanksgiving Day, 11-15)
  1. The New-England Boy's Song about Thanksgiving Day


Notes on Life and Works

Born February 11, 1802, in Medford, Massachusetts, Lydia Maria Child made her living as a novelist, story-story writer, schoolteacher, editor, writer for children, and controversialist. Her first notorious work, a novel entitled Hobomok, A Tale of Early Times (1824), celebrated interracial marriage. Later she published books for and on women, including The Frugal Housewife (1829) The Mother's Book (1831), The Girl's Own Book (1831), and The History of the Condition of Women (1835), and created and edited the first major children's journal, Juvenile Miscellany (1826-1834), in which she brought out some of her most memorable poetry. Her An Appeal in Favor of That Class of Americans Called Africans (1833) and editorship of the National Anti-Slavery Standard (1841-43) established her as one of the century's great abolitionists. Her poetry collections were

She finally settled in Wayland, Mass. Her marriage to David Lee Child in 1828 lasted until his death in 1874. She died October 20, 1880.

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Biographical information

Given name: Lydia Maria
Family name: Child
Birth date: 1802
Death date: 1880