My Ladys Soul: The Poems of Elizabeth Eleanor Siddall



Paperback, 112 pp.

ISBN: 9781906469627

edited by Serena Trowbridge

A collection of Elizabeth Siddall’s poems, including in-depth analysis. This is a must-have for any fan of the Pre-Raphaelite movement!


Elizabeth Siddall is best known as the muse and model for many Pre-Raphaelite artists and as the wife of Dante Gabriel Rossetti.  However, she was also an artist and a poet.  This book publishes all her extant poetry in a single volume for the first time.  Serena Trowbridge has undertaken extensive archival research to restore Siddall’s better-known poems – often heavily edited in previous publications – to their original form, and to identify and reproduce poems and fragments not previously included in anthologies.  Elizabeth Siddall’s own voice emerges fully from these pages, supporting her rediscovery as a creative artist in her own right.

Each poem is accompanied by notes and analysis, and the detailed introduction, extensive bibliography, and biographical timeline position Siddall in her historical, literary and critical contexts. Appendices include a previously unpublished letter from Siddall and poems by other writers that relate to her life and work. The book is illustrated with portraits of Siddall and examples of her own art.

Dr. Serena Trowbridge is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Birmingham City University. Her monograph, Christina Rossetti’s Gothic (Bloomsbury), was published in 2013, and other publications include ‘Past, present, and future death in the graveyard’ in Gothic and Death, ed. Carol Davison (Manchester University Press, 2017), ‘“Truth to Nature”: The Pleasures and Dangers of the Environment in Christina Rossetti’s Poetry’ in Victorians and the Environment, ed. Lawrence Mazzeno (Ashgate, 2017), Insanity and the Lunatic Asylum (edited with Thomas Knowles), (Pickering & Chatto, 2014) and Pre-Raphaelite Masculinities (edited with Amelia Yeates), (Ashgate, 2014). Serena was editor of the Review of the Pre-Raphaelite Society 2005-2017.

Additional information

Weight .14 kg
Dimensions 13.97 × .64 × 21.59 cm