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New exhibit: Robert Southey

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Special Collections & Archives is pleased to announce the launch of an exhibit honouring English Poet Laureate Robert Southey (1774-1843) in the Doris Lewis Rare Book Room. Southey was a poet of the Romantic School, one of the "Lake Poets" along with William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge, and was Poet Laureate from 1813 until his death. Southey was also a prolific letter writer, literary scholar, essay writer, historian, and biographer, and is credited with the first narrative recording of The Story of the Three Bears, which over time became Goldilocks.

Special Collections & Archives houses the Bertram R. Davis "Robert Southey" Collection.

Portrait of Robert Southey

A print of a pastel of Robert Southey, by Edward Everard. The original pastel was done by James Sharples. The print was framed and the mat reads "Robert Southey by Edward Everard after pastel by James Sharples Bristol Art Union Extra Prize, 1907."

Title page and illustration

Mary, the Maid of the Inn; an affecting narrative detailing, her unfortunate and ill-requited attachment; Her singular Courage, and the miraculous manner in which she becomes an instrument in the discovery of a murder, and Bringing one of the Perpetrators to condign Punishment. Describing, also, the wanderings of the unfortunate Mary, who becomes a wretched maniac. From the celebrated poem, by Robert Southey, which is also added hereto. London: published by Dean and Munday, Threadneedle-Street. Price six-pence.

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