The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (1907–21).
Volume XIII. The Victorian Age, Part One.
§ 59. E. C. Lefroy
The remarkable sonnets of Edward Cracroft Lefroy—poems of a style rather older than their date, and singularly free from pre-Raphaelite influence—the precocious achievement of Oliver Madox Brown, in whom that influence was naturally very strong; and the somewhat epicene touch (acknowledged long after it had been recognised by some under the for a long time well-kept pseudonym Fiona Macleod) by William Sharp can receive no extended notice here. But two poets, born towards the close of the fifties, Francis Thompson and John Davidson, are too notable, both intrinsically and historically, not to receive as much as can be given. With two yet younger, but, also now dead, they may close our record.