Title: Eliza Fall Papers,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1851-1856
Collection number: HM 42764-42816
Extent: 53 pieces
The Huntington Library
San Marino, California 91108
Acquired from Christie's, Apr. 22 1959.
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[Identification of item], Eliza Fall Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.
Eliza Fall (1821-1881) published a book of poems in 1851 under the nom de plume Mary Maynard, concealing the fact of her authorship
from all but a few. Her brother, Richard Whiteman Fall, was the childhood friend of John Ruskin who read Eliza Fall's
Poems and urged her to publish them. He recommended William Henry Harrison, his editor, and it was Harrison who helped to get a
publisher for her.
Letters from Eliza Fall to William Henry Harrison, the editor, concerning the publication of her volume,
Poems, under the pseudonym Mary Maynard. John Ruskin is a frequent subject of discussion in the letters along with several other
leading literary figures of their day. The collection includes several manuscript versions of her poems and a translation
of a poem by Johann Ludwig Uhland.