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Ellen Mary Clerke (20 September 1840 - 2 March 1906) was an Irish poet, prose author, journalist, and popular science writer in the field of astronomy.

LifeEdit

Clerke was born in Skibbereen, co. Cork, Ireland. Agnes Mary Clerke, also a writer on astronomy, was her sister; they were the children of Judge's Registrar, John William Clerke (circa 1807-1890) and his wife Margaret (born circa 1819).[1]

Clerke lived in Italy for 7 years, and contributed stories in Italian periodicals in the country. She was for many years an editorial writer for the London Tablet.[2]

Clerke also contributed to the Dublin Review,[3] and to the Dictionary of National Biography.[4]

RecognitionEdit

Ellen Mary Clarke's poem "The Building and the Pinnacle of the Temple" was included in the Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse."[5]

PublicationsEdit

PoetryEdit

  • The Flying Dutchman, and other poems. London: W. Satchell & Co., 1881.

FictionEdit

  • Flowers Of Fire (novel). London: 1902.

Non-fictionEdit

  • Jupiter and His System. London: E. Stanford, 1892.
  • The Planet Venus. London: Witherby & Co., 1893.

TranslatedEdit


Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[6]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Miss Agnes Mary Clerke (transcription)". London: The Times. Tuesday, Jan 22, 1907; Issue 38236. p. 12; col D. http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Times/1907/Obituary/Agnes_Mary_Clerke. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  2. Ellen Mary Clerke, Catholic Encyclopedia, New Advent, Web, July 18, 2012.
  3. Haines, Catharine (2001). International women in science: a biographical dictionary to 1950. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO. p. 67. ISBN 1-57607-090-5. http://books.google.com/books?id=HftdjMNDvwIC&lpg=PA2&dq=madge%20adam%20oxford&pg=PA2#v=onepage&q=madge%20adam%20oxford&f=false. 
  4. Author: Ellen Mary Clerke, Wikisource, Wikimedia Foundation, Web, July 18, 2012.
  5. "The Building and Pinnacle of the Temple", Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse (Oxford: Clarendon, 1917), Bartleby.com, Web, July 18, 2012.
  6. Search results=Mary Ellen Clerke, WorldCat, Web, July 18, 2012.

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