Elizabeth Willoughby Varian
?1830-1903 [née Tracy; pseud. Finola, or Finnuala]; b. Ballymena,
Co. Antrim; wrote for The Nation as Finola, 1850-60;
also anonymously for The Irishman; m. poet and editor Ralph Varian,
1871, living in Blackrock, Co. Cork, 1893; PI ATT
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Ann Owens Weekes, ed., Attic Guide to Published Works of Irish Women
Literary Writers (Dublin: Attic Press 1993), calls Varian an early
socialist, and comments that her beliefs are reflected in her poetry.
See also an aArticle on her writings in Irishman (16 June 1877).
D. J. ODonoghue, The Poets of Ireland: A Biographical Dictionary
(Dublin: Hodges Figgis & Co 1912); Poems (Belfast 1851) [sign.
Finola]; Never Forsake the Ship and Other Poems (Dublin 1874) [sign.
Finola]; The Political and National Poems of Finola (Dublin 1877).
Christopher Morash, ed. The
Hungry Voice (1989), incls. Lament from Poems by Finola
(Belfast: James Henderson 1851); also Prosletyzing [p.117].