Wills, Ruth (F)

Nationality: English.
Working-class poet. Born in Leicester, Leicestershire. Initially attended a Dame school and Leicester Sunday School, but after the death of her father she began working in various warehouses at the age of eight to help provide for her mother and two siblings. Worked 13-14 hour days for eighteen pence a week. Eventually employed by N. Corah & Sons in Leicester. Her interest in literature led her to write her own poetry. Contributed to several local magazines and authored one volume of poetry, *Lays of Lowly Life* (1861). Biographical information: Reilly, *Mid-Victorian Poetry*, p. 500; John Plummer, “A Factory Violet,” *English Woman’s Journal*, July 1864, pp. 324-30. (CC)

Poems associated with this person

Total poems: 2
Poem title Date Periodical Roles id #
Longing for Spring 1864-07-01 The English Woman’s Journal Poet 15869
Without and Within 1864-07-01 The English Woman’s Journal Poet 15868