Mark Rutherford (William Hale White)
‘Mark Rutherford‘ was the pseudonym of William Hale White
(1831-1913). Rutherford is generally classed as a minor
Victorian novelist, and noted for his depiction of
provincial dissenting life, and of the ’loss of faith’ of
the Victorian period. There is much more to Hale White
than this. Despite working for over thirty years as a
civil servant, he wrote over a thousand newspaper
articles, translated works by Spinoza, and wrote various
works of literary criticism.
He has never had a wide following, but writers such as Andre Gide, D.H. Lawrence, and
Arnold Bennett have all praised his work. The aim of
this site is to make Mark Rutherford‘s work more widely
known (particularly his journalism), and to act as a forum
for discussions about Mark Rutherford.
Comments, criticisms, and especially contributions, are
always welcome to David
There will be a Mark Rutherford Society symposium hosted
by RIMAP at the University of Bedfordshire on 23 June 2018
titled 'Literature and ‘The Woman Question': More details
and call for papers
Letters of Philip Webb to William Hale White available
via google scholar
A new Mark Rutherford newsletter has been published.
Web site moved from www.concentric.net/~djfrench
The latest Mark Rutherford newsletter is
available. It contains a 'Review of the Year's Activities'
(2013) by Nick Wilde, 'Researching Mark Rutherford in the
1940s â€“ A Letter from Wilfred Stone', 'Complaint of a
Forsaken Civil Servant' by Mark Crees , 'A Very Exciting
Time: Arthur Smith in search of William Hale White' by
Michael Brealey , 'Dorothy Vernon White and her Help to
William Hale White Biographers' by Nick Wilde, Pierre
Leyris's Introduction to the French Edition of The
Autobiography of Mark Rutherford, introduced and
translated by Nick Jacobs , a review: 'Bedford's Victorian
Pilgrim â€“ William Hale White in Context' by Michael
Brealey, by Catherine Harland, and on the front cover a
previously unknown photograph of The Cottage, Groombridge,
the house in which Hale White died, with a note by Bob
Nick Wilde's report of the Mark Rutherford symposium
held on 22nd June.
Michael Brealey, a member of the Society, has published a
book about Mark Rutherford: Bedford's Victorian Pilgrim.
It is available from the publisher's web site and from Amazon.
Irvin Stock, author of a critical study of Hale White,
has died aged 91. His obituary in the Boston Globe
includes the following: "There is, of course, a sense in
which any serious writer is sincere â€” honesty is a basic
condition of his profession and some kind of truth its
necessary raw material,'' he wrote in the book, "but we
are rarely impelled, except perhaps in mitigation of the
charge of failure, to place that word in the centre of a
critical portrait. With Hale White, however, it must in
fact go in the centre: It is the chief distinction of his
work and the source of his finest effects.''
Hale White's poem "This is
the Night.." was on Poetry Please on Sunday 2nd