Howitt, Mary (F)

b. 12 March 1799. d. 30 January 1888. Nationality: English. VIAF.
Poet, children’s writer, editor, and translator. Née Botham. Raised a Quaker. Succeeded Letitia Elizabeth Landon (L. E. L.) as the editor for the *Drawing Room Scrapbook* in 1839. Published *Howitt’s Journal* from 1847-1848, but the journal quickly went bankrupt. Married William Howitt, a Quaker and writer, on 16 April 1821, though they would both eventually leave the Society of Friends in 1847 and adopt spiritualist beliefs. The Howitts moved to Heidelberg in 1840 but Mary eventually returned to London from 1852-1854 while her husband and sons were in Australia. In 1870, the Howitts divided their time between Italy and the Tyrol. Author of *Hymns and Fireside Verses* (1839), *Tales for the People and their Children* (1844), *My Own Story* (1845), and *Ballads and Other Poems* (1847). Translated works by Frederika Bremer and Hans Christian Anderson. Biographical information: *ODNB*. (SP)

Poems associated with this person

Poem title Date Periodical Roles id #
Far-Off Visions 1833 Forget-Me-Not Poet 15239
The Goodwives of Weinsberg. From the German of Bürger 1833 Forget-Me-Not Translator 15247
Tibbie Inglis, or The Scholar’s Wooing 1834 Forget-Me-Not Poet 15732
Cardovan 1835 Forget-Me-Not Poet 15210
The Nettle-King 1835-08-15 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 3340
The Lady and the Sea-Captain 1836 Forget-Me-Not Poet 15317
The Dying Sister 1836 Forget-Me-Not Poet 15320
The Use of Flowers 1837 Forget-Me-Not Poet 15762
The Lost One 1837-05-06 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 3484
The Sunshine 1837-12-02 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 3512
The Rich and the Poor 1838 Forget-Me-Not Poet 15806
The Mother’s Offering 1839 Forget-Me-Not Poet 15349
Little Children 1839-11-23 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 3764
Ascent of the Spirit 1840 Forget-Me-Not Poet 15173
Youth and Summer 1840-12-19 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 5243
Enduring Woe. From the German of Immermann 1844 Forget-Me-Not Translator 15463
Swedish Folk-Songs. Fair Carin 1850-05-18 Household Words Translator 1080
Swedish Folk-Songs. The Dove on the Lily 1850-05-25 Household Words Translator 1082
Birth Song 1850-06-01 Household Words Poet 1083
Song of Death 1850-06-01 Household Words Poet 12388
The Ballad of Richard Burnell 1850-07-13 Household Words Poet 1108
An Every-Day Hero 1850-08-17 Household Words Poet 1116
Thomas Harlowe 1851-01-18 Household Words Poet 1160
Barbara Fleming’s Fidelity. A Ballad 1861-10 The Cornhill Magazine Poet 11990
The Wooing and the Wedding of Queen Dagmar. Translated from the Old Danish Ballads 1863-05 Good Words Translator 1579
Autumn Farewell to Drottningholm 1866-01-06 All the Year Round Translator 7728
The Heart’s Home 1866-01-06 All the Year Round Translator 7729