Hays, Matilda (F)

d. 3 July 1897. Nationality: English.
Poet, translator, novelist, and editor. Pseudonym: “M. M. H.” Born c. 1820. Advocate of women’s education and employment opportunities. Contributed to *Ainsworth’s Magazine* and *The Mirror*. Author of the novel *Helen Stanley* (1846). Translator and editor of *The Works of George Sand* (1847) with Eliza A. Ashurst. Translator of *Fadette* (1851). Lived in a partnership with Charlotte Cushman, whom she meet after a brief attempt at a career on the stage. They travelled together around the United States, London, and Rome (1849-1857). Returned to London alone and founded *English Woman’s Journal* with Bessie Rayner Parkes and Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon, but was forced out in 1864. Co-founder of the Society for Promoting the Employment of Women and the Victoria Press. Entered into a relationship with Adelaide Procter in the early 1860s until the latter’s death in 1864. Began receiving a pension from the Royal Literary Fund in 1866. Acquainted with William Charles Macready and Mary Howitt. Biographical information: *ODNB*. (CC)

Poems associated with this person

Poem title Date Periodical Roles id #
New Year’s Wishes 1860-01-01 The English Woman’s Journal Poet 1647
In Memoriam. Adelaide Anne Procter 1864-04-01 The English Woman’s Journal Poet 1757