Margaret Woods

(1855—1945) poet and author

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(1856–1945) married (1879) Henry George Woods (1842–1915). Born at Rugby, daughter of a Church of England clergyman, later Dean of Westminster, she was married to another clergyman and classical scholar who became president of Trinity College, Oxford. She was a friend of Henry James. Her fiction, which in its day was regarded with high respect, includes A Village Tragedy (1887); Sons of the Sword: A Romance of the Peninsular War (1901); The King's Revoke: An Episode in the Life of Patrick Dillon (1905), a better than average historical romance, set in early nineteenth-century Spain, whose hero masquerades as a woman and in other disguises in order to save from French captivity the Spanish king who has feet of clay; and The Invader (1907), in which a young woman student at Oxford in the 1880s, clever, earnest, and progressive, in love with her tutor, strangely resembles a flighty great-great-grandmother. Hypnotized by a friend, she becomes, intermittently, her ancestress, fascinates the tutor, gets her first, marries him, has a baby, nearly has a lover, and finally commits suicide to rid herself of the double. Her several volumes of verse were assembled in Collected Poems (1914).

From The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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