Title

The Remarkable Woman Behind ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’

Author(s)

Karen PriorFollow

Publication Date

December 2015

Document Type

Article

Disciplines

Creative Writing

Abstract

Choirmasters consider it the world’s greatest Christmas carol. It has been recorded by musicians ranging from the Choir of King’s College to Annie Lennox to James Taylor. Originally titled “A Christmas Carol,” the poem we know as “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Christina Rossetti (1830–1894) was first published in 1872 by the American journal Scribner’s Monthly. It wasn’t set to music until 1906, 12 years after Rossetti’s death, when it appeared in The English Hymnal.