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Molly Holden Biography

(1927–81), A Hill Like a Horse, To Make Me Grieve, Air and Chill Earth

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British poet, born in Peckham, London; she grew up in Surrey and Wiltshire, and was educated at King's College, London. Having had poems published in leading periodicals as a student, she resumed writing during the early 1960s when she became increasingly disabled with multiple sclerosis. The privately published A Hill Like a Horse (1963) was her first collection of verse. Her reputation was established with To Make Me Grieve (1968). Two more volumes of her poetry were published, Air and Chill Earth (1971) and The Country Over (1975), before her illness prevented her from writing. The considerable personal candour of much of her finest verse is balanced by the rigorously objective treatments of natural phenomena; she attributed the penetrating clarity of such imagery to the opportunities for concentrated observation produced by her confinement to a wheelchair. Her accomplished style is typically based on conversational adaptations of conventional forms. She also wrote novels for children. A Selected Poems, with the addition of previously uncollected material, was published in 1987.

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over 4 years ago

Can someone please fill me in on the political and religious stances of Molly Holden's grandfather, Henry Gilbert, the author of Robin Hood, Arabian Knights, and other classics of English children's literature? Thank you for your help.

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about 6 years ago

this should have more infor oon it

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about 3 years ago

I would like to find biographical information about Molly Holden's grandfather, Henry Gilbert, who retold the tales about Robin Hood in 1912. I would particularly like to know his religious and political stances. For instance, was he a member of the Church of England,or a Roman Catholic, or some sort of Dissenter? And what political party, if any, did he belong to? Thank you for your help. Yours truly, David Bittner