Dollie Radford

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Caroline Maitland (1858–1920) was an English poet and writer. She worked under the name "Dollie Radford" after she married Ernest Radford.


Maitland was born in 1858 and in 1880 she met her future husband in the British Museum Reading Room and they continued to meet at Karl Marx's house.[1] She married Ernest Radford in 1883, and wrote as Dollie Radford. They had three children, one being the doctor and writer Maitland Radford.[2] Her grandchildren include the town and park planner Ann MacEwen.[1]

Her friends included her sister in law Ada Wallas[3] and the socialist Eleanor Marx, whom she knew through a Shakespeare reading group attended by Karl Marx, and Amy Levy. Her papers are housed at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library at UCLA[4] and at the British Library.[5] Many of the British Library manuscripts have been digitized and can be viewed at Europeana.[6]

Her husband was a member of the Rhymers' Club, but Maitland could not join because of sexual discrimination.[7]


  • A Light Load (1891)
  • Songs for Somebody (1893)
  • Good Night (1895)
  • Songs and Other Verses (1895)
  • One Way of Love: an Idyll (1898)
  • The Poet’s Larder and Other Stories (1904)
  • The Young Gardeners’ Kalendar (1904)
  • Sea-Thrift (1904)
  • In Summer Time (1905)
  • Shadow-Rabbit, with Gertrude M. Bradley (1906)
  • A Ballad of Victory and other poems (1907)
  • Poems (1910)


  1. ^ a b Ann MacEwan, Chris Hall, 2008, The Guardian, Retrieved 14 February 2017
  2. ^ Diana Baynes Jansen (1 August 2003). Jung's Apprentice: A Biography of Helton Godwin Baynes. Daimon. p. 36. ISBN 978-3-85630-626-7. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Sutherland, Gillian (April 2016). "Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2017-01-26. (Subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ "Register of the Dollie Radford Papers: A Collection of Papers Relating to Dollie Radford, Her Family and Circle of Friends, 1880-1920"
  5. ^ Radford archive
  6. ^ Dollie Radford manuscripts at Europeana
  7. ^ Adams, Jad. "Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2017-02-14. (Subscription required (help)). 

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