Caroline Clive, sometimes known as Caroline Wigley Clive (24 June 1801 – 13 July 1872) was an English writer born Caroline Meysey-Wigley in Brompton Grove, London to Edmund Meysey-Wigley of Shakenhurst, Worcestershire and Anna Marie Meysey.
She used the pseudonym "V"
- IX Poems. 1840
- I Watched the Heavens: a poem. 1842
- The Queen's Ball, a poem. 1847
- The Valley of the Rea, a poem. 1851
- The Morlas, a poem.1853
- Paul Ferroll: a Tale. 1855
- Year after year: a tale. 1858
- Why Paul Ferroll Killed his Wife. 1860
- John Greswold. 1864
- Poems. 1872
Some of her texts can be found online at the Victorian Women Writers Project.
Born in London, she was the daughter of Edmund Mersey-Wigley, of Shakenhurst, Worcestershire, and in 1840 was married to Rev. Archer Clive. Mrs. Clive was a confirmed invalid for some years prior to her death - the result of an accident after her dress having caught fire while she was writing in her boudoir at Whitfield, Herefordshire. Her works were all published anonymously.
1. IX Poems. By V. Lon., 1840, p. 8vo; 2d ed., 1841. (This volume attracted much notice, and was very favourably reviewed in the Quarterly. The second edition includes nine additional poems).
2. I Watched the Heavens: a Poem. By V. Lon., 1842, p. 8vo. (The first canto of an unfinished poem.)
3. The Queen's Ball: a Poem By V. Lon., 1847, p. 8vo.
4. The Valley of the Rea: a Poem By V. Lon., 1851, p. 8vo.
5. The Morlas: a Poem. By V. Lon., 1853, p. 8vo.
6. Paul Ferroll: a Tale. By the Author of "IX Poems," by V. Lon., 1855, p. 8vo. (The fourth edition contains a concluding chapter, bringing the story down to the death of Paul Ferroll.)
7. Poems. By the Author of"Paul Ferroll." Including a New Edition of "IX Poems," by V.: with Former and Recent Editions. Lon., 1856, 8vo. (Some of the earlier poems are omitted in this edition).
8. Year after Year. By the Author of "Paul Ferroll" and "IX Poems." Lon., 1858,12mo.
9. Why Paul Ferroll Killed his Wife, Lon., 1860,12mo.; new ed., 1864. (The preface contains a defence of "Paul Ferroll" against some strictures in the Edinburgh Review).
10. John Greswold. By the Author of "Paul Ferroll." Lon., 1864, 2 vols. p. 8vo.
11. Poems. By V., Author of "Paul Ferroll." Including the "IX Poems." Lon., 1872, 8vo. (This contains twelve new poems, but is not a complete edition).
—Kirk, John Foster, 1891, A Supplement to Allibone's Critical Dictionary of English Literature, vol. i. p. 348.
Contributions to periodicals
- The Nursling. By V., author of "IX. Poems" and "Paul Ferroll." — 1857 Jan 24, in The National Magazine Vol.1, p. 197
- The Chained Eagle. By V., author of "IX. Poems" and "Paul Ferroll." — 1857 Jun 6, in The National Magazine Vol.2, p. 149
- The First Morning of 1860. Signed V. — 1860 Jan, in The Cornhill Magazine Vol.1, pp. 122–123
- Beaten to Death. By V. — 1860 Jun, in The Constitutional Press Vol.3
- Christmas 1860. — 1860 Dec 29, in Hereford Times
- Seasons. By V., author of "IX. Poems," "Paul Ferroll," etc. — 1861, in THE VICTORIA REGIA, pp. 111–114
- The Irish All Souls' Night. By the author of "Paul Ferroll." Signed V. — 1861 Apr, in The St. James's Magazine Vol.1, pp. 40–42
- November. — 1865, in THE GOLDEN CALENDAR: WITH A PERPETUAL ALMANAC
- Rough Material. By the author of "IX Poems by V." Signed V. — 1841 Feb, in The Metropolitan Magazine Vol.30, pp. 159–164
- The Great Drought. Signed V. — 1844 Oct, in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine Vol.56, pp. 433–453
- John Pike Yapp. A Tale of Mayo. By the author of "Paul Ferroll." — 1857 Mar 14, 21, in The National Magazine Vol.1, pp. 307–310, 323-329
- The Tower of Hawkstone Castle. By the author of "Paul Ferroll." — 1857 Aug 22, 29, in The National Magazine Vol.2, pp. 328–332, 339-344
- A Christmas Vagary. By V., author of "IX. Poems" and "Paul Ferroll." — 1858 Jan 23, 30, in The National Magazine Vol.3, pp. 200–205, 212-215
- Genuine Transactions with Principy Jack. Signed V. — 1858 Dec, in The National Magazine Vol.5, pp. 63–67
- War—A Tale. By the author of "Paul Ferroll" and "IX Poems by V." — 1860 Feb, Mar, in The Constitutional Press Vol.2, pp. 369–381, 449-459
- "Nadrione Spetnione:" Wishes Fulfilled. A Tale. By the author of "Paul Ferroll," &c. — 1861 Apr, May, in The St. James's Magazine Vol.1, pp. 275–284, 443-460 — 1861 Aug, Sep, in The St. James's Magazine Vol.2, pp. 97–109, 177-190
- From an Old Gentleman's Diary. By the author of "Paul Ferroll." — 1865 Aug, in Fraser's Magazine Vol.72, pp. 256–260
- The Wishes Shop. By the author of "Paul Ferroll." — 1865 Nov, in Fraser's Magazine Vol.72, pp. 637–643, *Index
- Ebb and Flow. Signed V. — 1867 Nov, in The Churchman's Companion Ser.2 Vol.2, pp. 385–399
- A Minute Ago. By the author of "Paul Ferroll." — 1860 May, Jun, in The Constitutional Press Vol.3
- Vanity and Self-Esteem. Signed V. — 1847 Jun, in The New Monthly Belle Assemblee Vol.26, pp. 369–371
- The Swimming School for Women at Paris. Signed V. — 1859 Nov 12, in Once a Week Vol.1, pp. 403–404
On 10 November 1840 she married the Reverend Archer Clive, son of Edward Bolton Clive and Harriet Archer.
- Charles Meysey Bolton Clive (30 January 1842 – 11 August 1883) who married Lady Katherine Elizabeth Mary Julia Feilding
- Alice Clive (22 December 1843 – 27 December 1915) who married Major General William Wilberforce Harris Greathed
- Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1887). "Clive, Caroline". Dictionary of National Biography. 11. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
- thepeerage Accessed 23 November 2009
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Clive, Caroline". Encyclopædia Britannica. 6 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 531.
- P. D. Edwards, "Clive , Caroline (1801–1873)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 20 Feb 2008
- Mitchell, Charlotte Caroline Clive - Victorian Fiction Research Guide