Buchanan, Robert Williams (M)

b. 18 August 1841. d. 10 June 1901. Nationality: Scottish. VIAF.
Poet, novelist, playwright, critic. Pseudonym: “B.,” “Thomas Maitland.” Alternate signatures: “R. W. Buchanan,” “R. Williams Buchanan,” and “Robert Buchanan.” Son of Robert Buchanan. Born at Caverswall, Staffordshire, but moved to Glasgow in 1850. He continued to move between England and Scotland throughout his life. Contributed to *The Athenaeum* and *All the Year Round*. Acquainted with George Eliot, Robert Browning, Charles Dickens, and Walt Whitman. Author of the notorious review, “The Fleshly School of Poetry” (1871), which controversially attacked the poetry of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Algernon Charles Swinburne. Biographical information: *ODNB*. (CC)

Poems associated with this person

Total poems: 33
Poem title Date Periodical Roles id #
Down the River 1860-09-15 All the Year Round Poet 2826
Forgiven 1860-12-22 All the Year Round Poet 2838
Snow 1860-12-29 All the Year Round Poet 2839
An Artisan’s Story 1861-04 Good Words Poet 376
Souvenirs 1861-07-27 Once a Week Poet 838
Sir Tristem 1862-03-22 Once a Week Poet 888
Wife and I 1862-06-21 Once a Week Poet 902
Maid Avoraine 1862-07-19 Once a Week Poet 908
Merlin and the White Death 1864-02-20 Once a Week Poet 560
A’Beckett’s Troth 1864-05-14 Once a Week Poet 585
Una, the Moon-Fay; Or, the Vision of Chastity 1864-09-24 Once a Week Poet 694
Langley Lane. A Love Poem 1865 Good Words Poet 1744
Willie Baird: a Winter Idyll 1865-03 The Cornhill Magazine Poet 12000
The Wake of Tim O’Hara 1869-07-17 All the Year Round Poet 3695
The Mountain Brook. In Three Sonnets 1869-07-24 All the Year Round Poet 3696
The Summer Pool 1869-08-28 All the Year Round Poet 3701
Dame Martha’s Well 1869-11-13 All the Year Round Translator 3711
Earth’s Shadows 1870-01-08 All the Year Round Poet 3804
The Maiden and the Leper 1870-03-26 All the Year Round Poet 3815
A Lark’s Flight 1870-05-01 Good Words Poet 2018
Dame Martha’s Well. (After Christian Winther) 1870-10-01 Good Words Translator 2097
The Neighbour 1871 Good Words Poet 2131
Clari in the Well 1871 Good Words Poet 2122
Spring Song in the City 1871 Good Words Poet 2112
“Tiger Bay:” A Windy Night’s Dream 1871 Good Words Poet 2119
The Bookworm 1871-10-21 All the Year Round Poet 4039
Vanity Fair 1872 Good Words Poet 2143
Will O’the Wisp. (A ballad written for Clari, on a Stormy Night) 1872 Good Words Poet 2140
The Strange Country 1872 Good Words Poet 2146
The Mountain Well 1872 Good Words Poet 2155
Cinderella. A Child’s Song of the Season 1876 Good Words Poet 2620
The Secret of the Mere 1876 Good Words Poet 2608
The Ballad of Lord Langshaw 1892-10 Atalanta Poet 2223