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Helen Jackson. ( H. H. ) Mlle de Montpensier, grand-daughter of Henri Quatre, is said to have been so famous in history that her name never appears in it; she being known only as La Grande Mademoiselle. This anonymousness may help the fa
w, though pure and wholesome; she sounds no depths as this later poet sounds them.
The highest type of this class of Helen Jackson's verses may be found in the noble poem entitled Spinning, which begins:--
Like a blind spinner in the sun I trea ever been framed: Henry Vaughan, had he been a woman, might have written it.
If, in addition to her other laurels, Mrs. Jackson is the main author of the Saxe Holm tales, she must be credited not only with some of the very best stories yet writte irls and the apocryphal rural contributors were less easily abolished, though time has abated their demands.
The more Mrs. Jackson denied the authorship, the more resolutely the public mind intrenched itself in the belief that she had something to d
Helen Jackson. ( H. H. ) Mlle de Montpensier, grand-daughter of Henri Quatre, is said to have been so famous in history that her name never appears in it; she being known only as La Grande Mademoiselle. This anonymousness may help the fame of a princess, but it must hurt that of an author. The initials L. E. L., so familiar to some of us in childhood, stood for a fame soon forgotten; and this not so much because her poetry was weak, but because her name was in a manner nameless. However popular might be the poems of H. H., they were still attached to a rather vague and formless personality so long as these initials only were given; to combine with this the still remoter individuality of Saxe Holm, was only to deepen the sense of vagueness; and if all the novels of the No name series, instead of two of them, had been attributed to the same shadowy being, every one would have pronounced the suggestion quite credible. To take these various threads of mystery, and weave th