Smith, George Barnett (M)

b. 17 May 1841. d. 2 January 1909. Nationality: English. VIAF.
Journalist, poet, and biographer. Pseudonym: “Guy Roslyn.” Alternative signature: “George Smith.” Born in Ovenden, Yorkshire. Educated at the British Lancastrian School, Halifax. Worked as a journalist and editor for *The Globe* and *The Echo* in London from 1865 to 1876. Contributed to *The Edinburgh Review*, *The Fortnightly Review*, and *The Cornhill Magazine*. His memoir of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, in the ninth edition of *The Encyclopedia Britannica*, led to a close friendship with Robert Browning. Wrote biographies of Shelley, Gladstone, John Bright, and Queen Victoria. Author of *Poets and Novelists. A Series of Literary Studies* (1875), *George Eliot in Derbyshire* (1876), *History of the English Parliament* (1892). Poetry volumes include *Daphnis the Unfaithful* (1870), *Village Verses* (1876), *Throughout the Year: Poems Old and New* (1886). Married twice: first to Annie Hodson, who died in 1868, and then to Julia Hannah (née Timmis) in 1871. Biographical information: *ODNB*. (JS, CC)

Poems associated with this person

Total poems: 4
Poem title Date Periodical Roles id #
Autumn 1865-11 Macmillan’s Magazine Poet 14197
My Heritage 1866-04 Macmillan’s Magazine Poet 14205
The Eden of Youth 1867-02 Macmillan’s Magazine Poet 14384
The Soul’s Surrender 1900 Good Words Poet 15019