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Recollections of a Happy Life: Being the Autobiography of Marianne North

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Marianne North (1830–90), the Victorian amateur botanist and painter, travelled to distant countries of the world to paint exotic flora in their natural surroundings. This two-volume collection of her memoirs, edited by her sister and published in 1892, records North's remarkable travels. Laden with her palettes and easels, the independent North travelled alone and fended for herself. Her journals describe how she endured swarms of insects, scaled cliffs, trudged through wilderness and crossed swamps in order to ...

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Overview

Marianne North (1830–90), the Victorian amateur botanist and painter, travelled to distant countries of the world to paint exotic flora in their natural surroundings. This two-volume collection of her memoirs, edited by her sister and published in 1892, records North's remarkable travels. Laden with her palettes and easels, the independent North travelled alone and fended for herself. Her journals describe how she endured swarms of insects, scaled cliffs, trudged through wilderness and crossed swamps in order to reach the plants she wanted to paint. Volume 2 covers North's travels to Australia and New Zealand, which she undertook at the suggestion of Charles Darwin. The work concludes with the last journey she made, to Chile in 1884–5, to paint the monkey-puzzle tree in its natural habitat. This autobiography reveals the stories behind North's art, which can still be appreciated today since her vivid paintings are displayed at Kew Gardens.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780813914701
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1993
  • Series: Recollections of a Happy Life Series
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Morgan is Professor of English at Miami University. She is the author of In the Meantime: Character and Perception in Jane Austen's Fiction and Sisters in Time: Imagining Gender in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction and the editor of The Romance of the Harem (available from the University Press of Virginia).

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Table of Contents

10. Hill places in India; 11. Rajputana; 12. Second visit to Borneo. Queensland. New South Wales; 13. Western Australia. Tasmania. New Zealand; 14. South Africa; 15. Seychelles Islands, 1883; 16. Chili.

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