Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers

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Overview

British women writers of the 19th century were a remarkably talented, diverse, and prolific group. Some, such as Jane Austen and George Eliot, significantly contributed to the evolution of the English novel, while others, such as Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Christina Rossetti, are known for their poetry. And some, such as Marie Corelli, were enormously popular during their lifetimes but are now known primarily by scholars. This reference book is a guide to the lives and achievements of women writers of the period.

Included are alphabetically arranged entries for more than 90 British women writers of the 19th century, ranging from the famous to the obscure. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and provides a brief biography, a discussion of major works and themes, an overview of the critical response to the writer's works, and a bibliography of primary and secondary sources, including web sites. The volume closes with a selected bibliography of anthologies and critical works.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313304392
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/2000
  • Pages: 470
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

ABIGAIL BURNHAM BLOOM is Managing Editor of the journal Victorian Literature and Culture.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1
Jane Austen (1775-1817) 10
Isabella Mary Beeton (1836-1865) 20
Annie Wood Besant (1847-1933) 23
Louisa Sarah Bevington (1845-1895) 27
Isabella Lucy Bird (Bishop) (1831-1904) 32
Clementina Black (1853-1922) 35
Countess of Blessington, Marguerite Power Farmer Gardiner (1789-1849) 38
Mathilde Blind (1841-1896) 41
Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon (1827-1891) 45
Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1835-1915) 49
Anne Bronte (1820-1849) 53
Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855) 58
Emily Jane Bronte (1818-1848) 67
Rhoda Broughton (1840-1920) 76
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) 80
Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924) 89
Lady Isabel Arundell Burton (1831-1896) 92
Josephine Butler (1828-1906) 95
Alice Mona Caird (1854-1932) 99
Jane Welsh Carlyle (1801-1866) 104
Mary Cholmondeley (1859-1925) 108
"Claire" (Clara Mary Jane) Clairmont (1798-1879) 112
Frances Power Cobbe (1822-1904) 116
Mary Elizabeth Coleridge (1861-1907) 120
Sara Coleridge Coleridge (1802-1852) 124
Eliza Cook (1818-1889) 128
"Marie Corelli" (Mary Mackay) (1855-1924) 132
Dinah Maria Mulock Craik (1826-1887) 136
Hannah Cullwick (1833-1909) 140
Emily Davies (1830-1921) 143
Lady Florence Caroline Douglas Dixie (1857-1905) 146
Lady Elizabeth Eastlake (1809-1893) 150
Emily Eden (1797-1869) 154
Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849) 157
"George Egerton" (Mary Chavelita Dunne Bright) (1859-1945) 161
"George Eliot" (Mary Anne Evans) (1819-1880) 165
Sarah Stickney Ellis (1799-1872) 174
Susan Edmonstone Ferrier (1782-1854) 178
"Michael Field" (Katherine Harris Bradley and Edith Emma Cooper) (1846-1914) and (1862-1913) 181
Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) 185
Lady Lucie Duff Gordon (1821-1869) 194
"Sarah Grand" (Frances Elizabeth Clarke McFall)(1854-1943) 198
Dora Greenwell (1821-1882) 202
Felicia Dorothea Hemans (1793-1835) 207
Mary Howitt (1799-1888) 211
Jean Ingelow (1820-1897) 215
Anna Brownell Murphy Jameson (1794-1860) 218
Geraldine Jewsbury (1812-1880) 222
Maria Jane Jewsbury (1800-1833) 227
Ellen Johnston (ca. 1835-1873) 231
Fanny (Frances Anne) Kemble (1809-1893) 235
Mary Henrietta Kingsley (1862-1900) 241
Letitia Elizabeth Landon (L.E.L.) (1802-1838) 245
"Vernon Lee" (Violet Paget) (1856-1935) 249
Amy Levy (1861-1889) 252
Eliza Lynn Linton (1822-1898) 256
"Lucas Malet" (Mary St. Leger Kingsley Harrison) (1852-1931) 260
Harriet Martineau (1802-1876) 264
Alice Meynell (1847-1922) 272
Harriet Taylor Mill (1807-1858) 276
Mary Russell Mitford (1787-1855) 280
Constance Naden (1858-1889) 283
Edith Nesbit (1858-1924) 287
Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) 291
Caroline Norton (1808-1877) 296
Margaret Oliphant Wilson Oliphant (1828-1897) 300
"Ouida" (Marie Louise de la Ramee) (1839-1908) 307
Bessie Rayner Parkes (Belloc) (1829-1925) 310
May Probyn (ca. 1856?-1909?) 313
Adelaide Anne Procter (1825-1864) 316
"Dollie" Radford (1858-1920) 319
Charlotte Eliza Lawson Riddell (1832-1906) 323
Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie (1837-1919) 328
A. Mary F. Robinson (Darmesteter Duclaux) (1857-1944) 336
Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894) 340
Olive Schreiner (1855-1920) 348
Anna Sewell (1820-1878) 353
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851) 356
Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal (1829-1862) 363
Edith J. Simcox (1844-1901) 367
Mary Fairfax Greig Somerville (1780-1872) 370
Agnes Strickland (1796-1874) 373
Helen Taylor (1831-1907) 376
Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna (1790-1846) 380
Frances Trollope (1779-1863) 384
Katharine Tynan (1859-1931) 389
Victoria, Queen of Britain (1819-1901) 393
Mary Augusta Arnold Ward (Mrs. Humphry Ward) (1851-1920) 396
Beatrice Webb (1858-1943) 400
Augusta Webster (1837-1894) 404
Lady Jane Francesca Wilde (1821?-1896) 408
Ellen Price Wood (Mrs. Henry Wood) (1814-1887) 411
Charlotte Mary Yonge (1823-1901) 415
Selected Bibliography 421
Index 427
About the Editor and Contributors 445
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