As a well-known figure in London society, Fane's coterie included famous literary personas such as Robert Browning. Who praised the oracular bent of Fane's opinions on'the relation of art to nature' by saying that she live[d] between Parnassus and Piccadilly. Born as Mary Montgomerie Lamb prematurely on 24 February 1843 at Littlehampton, Sussex, Fane was the eldest daughter of Charles James Savile Montgomerie Lamb (18161856) and Anna Charlotte Grey bap. As the heir of the baronetcy of Burville, Berkshire, and Beauport.Charlie Lamb was descended from two aristocratic families. Charlotte Grey, on the other hand, was the daughter of a draper and an alleged smuggler, and she was rumoured to have had gypsy forebears. Charlie and Charlotte eloped in secret, and got married first in Edinburgh, and then in London to validate the legitimacy of their marriage.
When Fane was born a few years later, the couple sent their (then one-month-old) daughter to her paternal grandparents with a note that explained their secret marriage and asking for their forgiveness. As a token of their good intentions, Charlie and Charlotte presented the baby to Sir Charles and Lady Mary as their granddaughter.
From then on, Fane lived with her grandparents in their ancestral home, Beauport Park. They encouraged her to wear Turkish dress and to go barefoot as both her parents did. They also dispensed with beds and summoned their daughter by clapping their hands.
Fane had four siblings: Clara b. 1849 and Charles Anthony b.1857, three of whom survived to adulthood. These poems form a sequence which are referred to as the Clara Poems.
When Charlie Lamb died under suspicious circumstances in 1856, Lady Sophia Adelaide Theodosia Pelham, the wife of Archibald William Montgomerie, 14th Earl of Eglinton, took the young Fane under her care and introduced her to London society, where she rapidly became well known as a great conversationalist and a woman of considerable wit. She fell in love with Clare Vyner, a handsome Yorkshire squire, in the early 1860s, but their attachment did not lead to marriage. In 1864, when Fane was twenty-one years old, she married Henry Sydenham Singleton, Esq.However, Vyner remained in her heart. This unrequited love inspired many of the poems Fane wrote in the 1860s, which were to be published in her first poetry collection, From Dawn to Noon in 1872. As an Anglo-Irish absentee landowner. Singleton was a part of the landed gentry. He is described as a strange misanthropic and a'backseat husband', who seemingly did not, or could not, make Fane happy.
Sometime between 1869 and 1870, Fane met Philip Currie, then a young diplomat, whilst residing in Singleton's country estate, Hazely, which was not far from Currie's father's country estate, Minley. The biographical note that is situated at the beginning of her 1892 collection, Poems , mentions Fane's early poetic calling, and declares. It is interesting to note, in these days when hereditary influences cannot be disregarded, that Violet Fane descends, upon her fathers side, from the houses of Seton, Somerville, and Montgomerie, in Scotland, and from the old Provençal family of Montolieu in France, several of whose members were authors of distinction; and that she can claim kinship with the witty and eccentric John, Earl of Rochester. Whose poetic talent was not always turned to the use of edifying.Despite her literary heritage, Fane's first published work was not to fall within the field of poetry. A year before she was to marry Singleton, several etchings by her appeared in an illustrated edition of Alfred Lord Tennyson.
Which seems to have been published privately in 1863. The fact that Fanes illustrations accompanied Mariana seems apt because the poem perfectly captures Fanes own lovelorn state after her disappointment with Vyner, which might have encouraged Fane to identify with the tragic romantic heroine of the poem, who also suffers because of the absence of her lover. The first collection of poetry to appear under the pseudonym Violet Fane is From Dawn to Noon.
The collection was published in 1872, when Fane had already started an extra-marital affair with the diplomat Philip Currie. Her family's disapproval of her writing pushed Fane to assume a nom de plume when she started publishing poetry. Therefore, she took the name Violet Fane from Benjamin Disraeli.
In her article, Are Remarkable People Remarkable Looking? An Extravaganza, Fane states that Disraeli called her his dear goddaughter when they met because she assumed Violet Fane as her nom de plume. Although she admits to having read Vivian Grey many years ago, Fane also claims to have completely forgotten about Disraeli's Violet Fane when choosing her pseudonym Remarkable People, pp.She then contradicts herself, however, by explaining that the reason she chose the name Violet Fane for her literary purposes was because the character died in the arms of her lover and a death like that was worth living for Remarkable People, p. This seems to be in harmony with the dominant emotion of Dawn to Noon.
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