The Bengal Annual: A Digital Exploration of Non-Canonical British Romantic Literature

D. L. Richardson

D.L. (David Lester) Richardson (1801-1865) - Editor of The Bengal Annual from 1830-37

Richardson traveled to India as a cadet in the Bengal Army in 1819 and served in the education department in Calcutta. He returned to London to edit the London Weekly Review (1827) and Colburn’s Court Journal. Richardson also edited the Calcutta Monthly Journal and, later, the Calcutta Literary Gazette (1834-39).

In 1837, Richardson was appointed professor of English Literature and the Hindu College at Calcutta, where he served as principal. He returned to Britain in 1861 and spent his last years working as an editor in London.

List of works (taken from the Boyle Index):

  • Forget-me-not.
    • Nature, “The fair smile of morning,” 27, 7;
    • Sonnet, “The shades of evening veil the lofty spires,” 27, 132;
    • Sonnet, “Impassion’d grief is dumb--no earthly sound,” 28, 26;
    • The Soldier’s Dream, 30, 234.
  • Friendship’s Offering
    • Sonnet on Autumn, “How sadly moans the bleak autumnal blast,” 26, 358
    • Sonnet, Sunrise, “How gloriously yon gorgeous monarch rears,” 26, 392;
    • Sonnet written in Netley Abbey, “Thou glorious ruin! who could gaze on thee,” 27, 216;
    • Sonnet, To--, “Our paths are desolate and far apart,” 28, 72;
    • The Disgraced Soldier, “The silent square is formed; and now they bring,” 29, 310;
    • Sonnet, “Like mountain mists that roll on sultry airs.” 32, 182
    • Sounds at Sea, “The weary sea is tranquil, and the breeze,” 33, 357;
    • Woman, “The day-god sitting on his western throne,” 36, 255;
    • The Lesson of Life, “Could Beauty’s early bloom return and Boyhood’s voice of mirth,” 36, 350;
    • Sonnets from a British Indian Exile to his distant Children, “My spirit sickens in this solitude,” 44, 124.
  • Bijou.
    • Morning, “Behold glad Nature’s triumph! Lo! the sun,” 28, 240.
  • Juvenile Keepsake.
    • Song, “A Glorious fate is thine, fair maid!” 29, 93;
    • Grief, “A sudden gloom came o’er me,” 29, 193.

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