Constance Naden (2055 words)

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Constance Caroline Woodhill Naden was born on 24 January 1858 at 15 Francis Road Edgbaston, Birmingham. Her mother, Caroline Anne, died following post-natal complications and so Naden was raised by her maternal grandparents. This was an affectionate relationship which she recalled with a dedicatory sonnet in her first collection of poetry Songs and Sonnets of Springtime (1881):

YE who received me, when your hearts were sore,
With double welcome, since I came in lieu
Of one whose fond embrace I never knew--
Your child, my mother, dear for evermore--
Who scarce had time to greet the babe she bore,
But, dying in her spring, bequeathed to you,
Her father and her mother,…

Ridley, Stephen William. "Constance Naden". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 August 2010
[, accessed 04 December 2016.]

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  1. Victorian Women's Writing