by Debra Brown
O, thou incomparable nymph of dreams
From my heart love flows as from a stream
Eternal, constant, pure and true
Your radiant presence to bedew.
Carried away in Lethe’s arms
My thoughts fly thou-ward, laced with such charms
As will beguile thy very soul
And bind our spirits into one whole.
Then like the summer’s zephyr fair
Which sweeps caressing through thine hair,
And o’er earth’s bower bringst to bloom
Winter’s once entombêd womb
That far and near, the earth enflowers
With beauty all our laughing hours,
Thy twice lovely tender smile
Enflames my passions more the while.
Each thought of thine enchanting gaze
Kindles my longings into blaze
The which consume my every part,
And still more contrary, feed my heart,
Until I with passion near expire,
Yet still live I in tremulous desire.
…M.M. Bennetts in May 1812
And so you see why M.M. must be remembered and why her work must be more widely known.
To that end, her family and friends from the English Historical Fiction Authors blog are reaching out to the literary and history worlds with the memorial M.M. Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction. We hope to give one award annually for the best historical novel published the previous year. On June 27, 2015 at the Denver Historical Novel Society lunch, the winner of the first $500 prize for a 2014 published book will be announced.
Currently we are accepting submissions at http://mmbaward.blogspot.com. The final date to enter is January 31, 2015. Donations are also accepted on the website to establish this new institution to honor M.M. and one historical fiction author annually.
M.M. Bennetts novels, May 1812 and Of Honest Fame as well as the EHFA anthology she co-edited, Castles, Customs, and Kings: True Tales by English Historical Fiction Authors, are available at Amazon and other online stores.