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Meynell, Wilfrid, 1852-1948


Biographical Note

Wilfrid Meynell, born in 1852 to Quaker parents, converted to Catholicism (1870). He contributed verses to Emily Priestman's Simple Tales (1873) and co-authored Verses by Three Friends. Meynell was introduced to the publication trade by Catholic-convert Fr. William Lockhart, who was his model for professional Catholic journalism and Christian charity. Meynell married writer and poet Alice C. Thompson (1877); they had seven children. He became editor of the Weekly Register and founded the magazine Merry England (1883), a liberal Catholic literary magazine. Meynell wrote several books and supported the work of literary figures, including poet Francis Thompson. He had a long-standing friendship with Boston College's Terrence Connolly, SJ. Wilfrid Meynell died in 1948.

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Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Boston College collection of the Alice and Wilfrid Meynell family

Abstract This collection documents the literary life of British Catholic authors, editors, and publishers Alice and Wilfrid Meynell, as well as their sponsorship of poet Francis Thompson. It contains materials created or collected by both Alice and Wilfrid, as well as six of their children: Everard, Francis, Madeline, Monica, Sebastian, and Viola. Materials include correspondence, drawings, ephemera, manuscripts, photographs, proofs of publications, and a scrapbook. The focus of the collection is on...
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Collection is open for research.

Dates: 1868 - 1958; Majority of material found within 1881 - 1938

Coventry Patmore collection

Abstract The collection contains manuscripts by British poet Coventry Patmore. It also contains letters by and to Coventry Patmore from major 19th Century British literary figures including Alfred Tennyson, Robert and Elizabeth Browning, Thomas Carlyle and John Ruskin as well as a number of letters from members of Patmore's family including Harriet Patmore, Tennyson Patmore and Peter Patmore. Finally, the collection includes visual materials: a drawing of Emily Augusta Patmore, photographs of...
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Collection is open for research.

Dates: 1818 - 1945; Majority of material found within 1818 - 1896

Boston College collection of Francis Thompson

Abstract Collection documenting the literary career of British Catholic author Francis Thompson through his correspondence, financial records, and manuscripts of book reviews, essays, plays, and poetry. Of note are notebooks spanning his career, in which he recorded daily thoughts and formulated the ideas and structures for what would become his published works. In addition to Thompson's own papers, the collection documents his impact on other scholars and artists via their biographical works,...
Restrictions on Access Collection is open for research. Recordings on audio cassette and phonograph disc have been digitally copied; all original media was retained, but may not be played due to format. Digital use copies can only be accessed in the Burns Library Reading Room. Recordings on audio reel and motion picture film are not available for playback due to format impermanence and can not be reformatted by Burns Library at this time. Please let Burns Library Public Services know of your specific...
Dates: 1876 - 1967; Majority of material found within 1896 - 1962