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Eliza Fall Papers: Finding Aid
mssHM 42764-42816  
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Eliza Fall Papers
    Dates (inclusive): 1851-1856?
    Collection Number: mssHM 42764-42816
    Creator: Fall, Eliza.
    Extent: 53 pieces in 1 red rope case.
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection consists of 8 manuscript poems and sonnets by English poet Eliza Fall (1821–1881) and 45 letters from Fall to William Henry Harrison (1795?-1878) concerning her efforts to have a volume of poetry published. Fall's letters discuss her poetry, her nom de plume "Mary Maynard" and her reasons for keeping her identity secret, and John Ruskin (1819-1900) and his work.
    Language: English.


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Eliza Fall Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Purchased from Christie's, lot 188, April 22, 1959.

    Biographical Note

    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.

    Scope and Content

    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.


    Arranged in the following order: Manuscripts, followed by correspondence.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  


    Fall, Eliza.
    Maynard, Mary, 1821-1881.
    Ruskin, John, 1819-1900.
    Poets, English -- 19th century -- Correspondence.


    Letters (correspondence) -- Great Britain -- 19th century.
    Manuscripts -- Great Britain -- 19th century.

    Alternate Authors

    Harrison, W. H. (William Henry), 1795?-1878, correspondent.