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Sophie Dixon

Dixon, Sophie, ?—1855

Sophie Dixon was probably born in Plymouth and her poetry and prose evince great affection for Dartmoor. Her first book, by subscription, was Castalian Hours. Poems by Sophie Dixon (1829), with her two travelogues following in 1830 (see below). Her verses continued to appear in newspapers and magazines through the 1840s and she published, posthumously, one other book, Lovel, a Tale of the Olden Time (1858). The prefatory note to Castalian Hours refers to the death of her father and her own subsequent illness delaying publication, while the editor's preface to Lovel attributes her own last illness and death to her response to two more family bereavements. Little more of a concrete nature is known about Dixon.

Sources:

Kearley Wright, W. H. West Country Poets: Their Lives and Works. London: Elliot Stock, 1896.

Texts

Title Published
A Journal of Eighteen Days Excursion 1830
A Journal of Ten Days Excursion on the Western and Northern Borders of Dartmoor 1830