After the death of Margaret Oliphant—the prolific nineteenth-century novelist, biographer, essayist, reviewer, and prominent voice on the "woman question"—two well-intending relatives took the autobiographical manuscripts she composed over a thirty-year period, and recomposed them to suit the model of a conventional memoir. In the process, they suppressed more than a quarter of the material. Based on the original manuscripts, the Broadview edition now makes available the missing text in its original order, and the restored Autobiography of Margaret Oliphant portrays a woman of scathing irony, anger, and grief.
Part of Broadview's Nineteenth-Century British Autobiographies series, this edition also includes extensive excerpts from Oliphant's diaries.
Elisabeth Jay is a professor of English and Associate Head of the School of Humanities at Oxford Brookes University. The author of Margaret Oliphant: 'A Fiction to Herself': A Literary Life, Jay has written widely on nineteenth-century literature.
Margaret Oliphant: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text
Appendix A: Diary Entry for Christmas Night, 1887
Appendix B: 1888 Diary
Appendix C: 1896 Diary