(1824 - 1889)
William Allingham (19 March 1824 – 18 November 1889) was an Irish poet, diarist and editor. He wrote several volumes of lyric verse, and his poem ‘The Faeries’ was much anthologized; but he is better known for his posthumously published Diary, in which he records his lively encounters with Tennyson, Carlyle and other writers and artists. His wife, Helen Allingham, was a well-known water-colorist.
An anthology of stories, poems and articles, some of which have new illustrations.
This collection includes “The Faeries” which was illustrated to great effect by Richard Doyle. The cover image is from an 1884 reprint by G. Philip & Son. The text below is from the 1860 edition. Read for free online at Internet Archive.
A poem about a reclusive hardware store owner who may have served as a model for Great Expectations.
The Fairies (1989)
Up the airy mountain,
Down the rushy glen,
We daren’t go a-hunting
For fear of little men;
Five poems with illustrations.
In Fairyland (1979)
Dicky Doyle drew the pictures and first William Allingham wrote a poem, A Forest in Fairyland. Then Andrew Lang wrote a tale, The Princess Nobody to go with them. Read online at the University of Florida.
Rhymes for the Young Folk (1886)
A collection of poems by the author of “The Fairies.” Read for free online at Internet Archive.
Wonderful Things Happen (1958)
An anthology of adventure stories and poems for younger children.