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Selected Poetry of Dinah Maria Craik (1826-1887)

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
© 2005, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

Only -- O God, O God, to cry for bread,
And get a stone! Daily to lay my head
Upon a bosom where the old love's dead!
        (Only a Woman, 43-45)
  1. The House of Clay
  2. A Lancashire Doxology
  3. Mortality
  4. Only a Woman

Notes on Life and Works

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 they adopted a daughter. She published three volumes of poetry: Poems (1859), Songs of Our Youth, and Thirty Years: Being Poems Old and New (1881). Sally Mitchell has written the most recent biography, Dinah Mulock Craik (Boston: Twayne, 1983; PR 4517 M57 Robarts Library).

Biographical information

Given name: Dinah Maria
Family name: Craik
Maiden name: Mulock
Birth date: 20 April 1826
Death date: 12 October 1887
Nationality: English
          Brampton House Academy, Newcastle under Lyme
          School of Design, Somerset House, London
Occupation: novelist
Cause of death: Heart disease
Buried at: Keston churchyard, Kent