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Book - “The Poetical Works of Eliza Cook”
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Title: Book - “The Poetical Works of Eliza Cook”
Identifier: 979.6.1567
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1872
Creation Date: 2012
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A soft burgundy leather covered book of poetry with 624 pages entitled "Eliza Cook". There is gold lettering on the spine and cover. The proper left corners, both top and bottom are rounded.

Eliza Cook (1818 - 1889) was an English author born in Southwark, the daughter of a local tradesman. She attended the local Sunday Schools and was encouraged by the son of the music master to produce her first volume of poetry. In 1837 began to offer verse to the radical Weekly Dispatch, then edited by William Johnston Fox. She was a staple of its pages for the next ten years. She also offered material to The Literary Gazette, Metropolitan Magazine and New Monthly. In 1838 she published Melaia and other Poems, and from 1849 to 1854 wrote, edited, and published Eliza Cooks Journal, a weekly periodical she described as one of "utility and amusement." Cook also published Jottings from my Journal (1860), and New Echoes (1864). Her poem The Old Armchair (1838) made hers a household name for a generation, both in England and in America. Cook was a proponent of political and sexual freedom for women, and believed in the ideology of self-improvement through education, something she called "levelling up." This made her great favourite with the working-class public. Her works became a staple of anthologies throughout the century. She died in Wimbledon.
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