Wright, Elizabeth Mary


Wright, Elizabeth Mary
(b. 1863)
   Born Elizabeth Mary Lea, eldest daughter of an East London and Herefordshire clergyman; after a conventional schooling, she enrolled at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, in 1887, where she attended classes in Old English given by Professor Joseph Wright, under whose supervision she prepared a grammar of the dialect of Northumbria, and whom she later married. She assisted Joseph with his books on grammar and worked closely with him on his monumental English Dialect Dictionary (18961905). She had, in fact, already encountered this sort of material - 'My father was greatly interested in folk-lore and dialect, and would expound to us superstitions he had come across in his pastoral visits' - and she published, in her own right, Rustic Speech and FolkLore (1913), an excellent book packed full of astute personal observation and knowledge and unusual for its time as not being confined to one particular region. After her husband's death in 1930, she published a two-volume biography, The Life of Joseph Wright (1932), which also gives many details of her own life.

A Dictionary of English folklore. . 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Mary Anne Clarke — Portrait of Mary Anne Clarke, by Adam Buck, 1803 Born Mary Anne Thompson 3 April 1776 London, England …   Wikipedia

  • Elizabeth Gaskell — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Gaskell. Elizabeth Gaskell peu avant son mariage Portrait par William John Thomson (1832). Elizabeth Gaskell née le …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Wright, Joseph — (1855 1930)    Born in poverty in Thackley, Yorkshire, Joseph Wright taught himself to read and write and educated himself to university level. He studied for a Ph.D. at Heidelberg, and served as Deputy Professor (1891 1901) and later Professor… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead — Winstead at the San Diego Comic Con International in July 2010. Born November 28, 1984 (1984 11 28) (age 26) …   Wikipedia

  • Mary Surratt — Mary Elizabeth Jenkins Surratt Mary Surratt in 1850. Born May 1820 or 1823 Waterloo, Maryland, U.S. Died July 7, 1865(1865 07 07) (aged 42 or 45) Washington, D.C., U.S …   Wikipedia

  • Mary Tappan Wright — Born December 14, 1851(1851 12 14) Steubenville, Ohio Died August 25, 1916(1916 08 25) (aged 64) Cambridge, Massachus …   Wikipedia

  • Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio — Born November 17, 1958 (1958 11 17) (age 52) Lombard, Illinois, U.S. Occu …   Wikipedia

  • Mary Surratt — en 1850 Nacimiento Mayo de 1820 o 1823 Waterloo, Maryland, U.S. Fallecimiento 7 de julio, de 1865 (42 o 45 años) Washington, D.C., U.S …   Wikipedia Español

  • Mary Henry (artist) — Mary Henry, Both Sides Now , 1989, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 96 inches. Like most of Henry s work, the style is geometric abstraction; it is one of several works whose titles are popular culture references, in this case to a Joni Mitchell song.… …   Wikipedia

  • Mary (Mary J. Blige album) — Mary Studio album by Mary J. Blige Released August 17, 1999 …   Wikipedia