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A masterpiece of Irish literature of the Victorian Age, The Real Charlotte draws characters from the worlds of Anglo-Irish aristocracy and the native Irish peasantry. “Delightful.”—The Guardian.

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A masterpiece of Irish literature of the Victorian Age, The Real Charlotte draws characters from the worlds of Anglo-Irish aristocracy and the native Irish peasantry. “Delightful.”—The Guardian.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781879941465
  • Publisher: J.S. Sanders Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Pages: 415
  • Product dimensions: 4.36 (w) x 7.14 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Edith Somerville and Martin Ross were second cousins born to distant branches of a prominent Anglo-Irish Ascendancy family. They lived together at the Somerville home for most of their adult lives, traveling frequently to Europe and collaborating on numerous books and articles. Their most famous novel, The Real Charlotte, was published in 1894. After Ross’s death in 1915, Somerville continued to write and publish under both names, claiming that the partnership endured beyond the grave.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2001

    An extraordinary novel

    I wonder why this book is not taught in more English curriculums. An engaging story about what happens when a lower class orphan girl from Dublin goes to live with her scheming, predatory, social climbing cousin Charlotte in the Irish countryside, this novel offers so much to its readers and so much to Literature in English at large, particularly literature by women writers. The Real Charlotte is rife with class tensions and Catholic/Protestant prejudices. Readers get a glimpse of the dying tradition of Big House life and of a young girl struggling to realize her own position in this complex society. In addition, the novel exposes many of the hypocrisies of gender role expectations in nineteenth century Ireland while rendering a tale about missed loves, lost opportunities, and ultimate revenge with uncompromising realism.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2001

    The Tragedy Of the Irish Big House

    This masterpiece portrays the decline and decay of the 'gracious civilization'-the Protestant Ascendency, as represented by the deterioration of the 'Big House.' This decline becomes increasingly evident as the intricate plot of love, cruelity, greed and jealously unravels itself. At the forefront of the novel is the social climbing Charlotte Mullan, her multiplicity and her jealously of Francie epitomize her fascinating charcater. The novel is full of palpable, sometimes extremely humerous, ironies as read of the problmatic interaction between the Anglo-Irish and the Irish. The role of 'love' in the novel must not be underestimated either, as the autors present a variety realtionships the majority of which revolve around the beautiful Francie and her many suitors. In the this way the Somerville and Ross suggest that many relationsips are not based on true love at all, moreover the suitor who we most admire and appreciate as having the most 'true' love for Francie is the one who she rejects. Indeed 'The Real Charlotte' covers all aspects of Anglo-Irish society and presents the world of the 'Big House' as a satire of the Protestant gentry and the aristocrats of the period. Definately worth a read in my opinion.

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