Adelaide Anne Proctor, The Poetry Of (Audiobook)
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Read by Ghizela Rowe, Gideon Wagner & Jake Urry (Unabridged: 1hr 12mins)

Adelaide Anne Procter was born on 30th October, 1825 at 25 Bedford Square in the Bloomsbury district of London.  Her literary career began whilst still a teenager.  Many of her poems were published by the great Charles Dickens in his periodicals Household Words and All the Year Round before being later published in book form.

A voracious reader, Procter was largely self-taught, though she did study at Queen's College in Harley Street in 1850.  Her interest in poetry grew from an early age.

By 1853 she was submitting pieces to Dickens's Household Words under her pseudonym Mary Berwick, electing that this way her work would be judged for its own worth rather than on the friendship between her father and Dickens.  Dickens didn’t learn of her true identity for over a year.

‘Minstering Angels’ was to be the beginning of a long and mutually beneficial relationship of publishing in Dickens’ journals that would eventually reach 73 poems in House words together with a further 7 poems in All the Year Round, most of which were collected and later published into her first two volumes of poetry, both entitled Legends and Lyrics. 

Proctor was also the editor of the journal Victoria Regia, which became the showpiece of the Victoria Press, a venture hoping to promote the employment of women in all manner of trades and professions. Procter’s health failed in 1862. Dickens and others suggested that this illness was due to her extensive and exhausting schedule of charity work.

An attempt to improve her health by taking a cure at Malvern failed.

Adelaide Anne Proctor died on 3rd February 1864 of tuberculosis. She had been bed-ridden for almost a year. Procter was buried in Kensal Green Cemetery.


In this compilation - 

01 - The Poetry of Adelaide Anne Proctor - An Introduction
02 - The Homeless Poor by Adealide Anne Proctor
03 - Envy by Adelaide Anne Proctor
04 - The Requital by Adelaide Anne Proctor
05 - A Woman's Question by Adelaide Anne Proctor
06 - Philip and Mildred by Adelaide Anne Proctor
07 - Fidelis by Adelaide Anne Proctor
08 - Doubting Heart by Adelaide Anne Proctor
9 - Per Pacem Ad Lucem by Adelaide Anne Proctor
10 - Thankfulness by Adelaide Anne Proctor
11 - Unexpressed by Adelaide Anne Proctor
12 - The Lost Chord by Adelaide Anne Proctor
13 - One By One the Sands Are Flowing by Adelaide Anne Proctor
14 - The Ghost in the Picture Room by Adelaide Anne Proctor