Other literary forms

(British and Irish Poetry, Revised Edition)

Though primarily known for her poetry, Charlotte Mew (myew) also wrote short stories and essays. Her first story to appear in print was “Passed” (1894), published in John Lane and Elkin Mathews’s The Yellow Book, which also published works by Henry James and Max Beerbohm and the drawings of Aubrey Beardsley. From 1899 to 1905, Mew was a regular contributor to Temple Bar, a magazine for middle-class Victorians, which published the stories “The China Bowl” (1899), “An Open Door” (1903), “A White Night” (1903), and “Mark Stafford’s Wife” (1905), as well as the essays “Notes in a Brittany Convent” (1901) and “The Poems of Emily Brontë” (1904). “An Old Servant” (1913), Mew’s tribute to her childhood nurse, Elizabeth Goodman, appeared in The New Statesmen. Mew rewrote “The China Bowl” as a one-act play, which was broadcast by the British Broadcasting Corporation posthumously in 1953. That same year, Cornhill Magazine published her story “A Fatal Fidelity.”