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Nineteenth-century British women writers : a bio-bibliographical critical sourcebook /
edited by Abigail Burnham Bloom.
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2000.
x, 456 p.
0313304394 (alk. paper)
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2000.
0313304394 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2000-12-01:
Among the biobibliographical dictionaries of British women writers now available, this one is unique in its timespan, its broad definition of writers (not just novelists and poets but also letter writers, diarists, journalists, travel writers, etc.), and the length and content of its entries. The 93 signed, alphabetically arranged entries each contain four sections: "Biography," "Major Works and Themes," "Critical Reception," and "Bibliography." The bibliographies indicate current availability (or lack of it) of each writer's publications and include lists of works by and studies of (both selective in the case of prolific authors). Entries vary in length and detail. The credentials of contributors, listed in a roster at the end, vary from full professors to PhD students. A selected bibliography of collections of poetry and prose that include writings of 19th-century women, a general bibliography of monographs on women's writing of the period, and a brief list of relevant Web sites round out the volume. Indexes cite names (with cross-references to pseudonyms, married names, etc.) and titles of works. The introduction attempts to categorize the authors as novelists, poets, journalists, etc. A useful handbook for large public libraries and college and university collections. S. Van Sant; University of Maryland College Park
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'œA useful handbook for large public libraries and college and university collections.'' Choice
'œDesigned primarily for teachers of Victorian literature wishing to add more women writers to their courses, this sourcebook is an indispensable reference for anyone interested in women's literature.'' Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin
'œThis immensely helpful reference book contains entries for nearly a hundred nineteenth-century British women writers working in many genres....Bloom and her contributors are to be commended for both the breadth and the depth of the coverage they provide.'' Victorian Periodicals Review
'œThis volume improves access to an expanding field of study and is highly recommended to academic and large public libraries.'' Lawrence Looks at Books
"Dr. Bloom's collection will be useful for serious undergraduates who wish to explore some fine writers who have not received much scholarly attention, as well as for faculty seeking to enrich their courses. Her decision to include not only novelists and poets but also travel writers, letter and diary writers, and journalists is significant for the study of nineteenth-century literature and culture as well as the women writers individually." - Sandra Donaldson Professor of English and Director of Women Studies University of North Dakota
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Long Description
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.
Unpaid Annotation
British women writers of the 19th century were a remarkably talented, diverse, and prolific group. While some of these writers, such as Jane Austen and George Eliot, have long been recognized for their contributions, many others have been overlooked. This reference guide includes alphabetically arranged entries for more than 90 British women writers of the 19th century. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and provides a brief biography, a discussion of major works and themes, a review of the author's critical reception, and a bibliography of primary and secondary sources.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Jane Austen (1775-1817)p. 10
Isabella Mary Beeton (1836-1865)p. 20
Annie Wood Besant (1847-1933)p. 23
Louisa Sarah Bevington (1845-1895)p. 27
Isabella Lucy Bird (Bishop) (1831-1904)p. 32
Clementina Black (1853-1922)p. 35
Countess of Blessington, Marguerite Power Farmer Gardiner (1789-1849)p. 38
Mathilde Blind (1841-1896)p. 41
Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon (1827-1891)p. 45
Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1835-1915)p. 49
Anne Bronte (1820-1849)p. 53
Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)p. 58
Emily Jane Bronte (1818-1848)p. 67
Rhoda Broughton (1840-1920)p. 76
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)p. 80
Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924)p. 89
Lady Isabel Arundell Burton (1831-1896)p. 92
Josephine Butler (1828-1906)p. 95
Alice Mona Caird (1854-1932)p. 99
Jane Welsh Carlyle (1801-1866)p. 104
Mary Cholmondeley (1859-1925)p. 108
"Claire" (Clara Mary Jane) Clairmont (1798-1879)p. 112
Frances Power Cobbe (1822-1904)p. 116
Mary Elizabeth Coleridge (1861-1907)p. 120
Sara Coleridge Coleridge (1802-1852)p. 124
Eliza Cook (1818-1889)p. 128
"Marie Corelli" (Mary Mackay) (1855-1924)p. 132
Dinah Maria Mulock Craik (1826-1887)p. 136
Hannah Cullwick (1833-1909)p. 140
Emily Davies (1830-1921)p. 143
Lady Florence Caroline Douglas Dixie (1857-1905)p. 146
Lady Elizabeth Eastlake (1809-1893)p. 150
Emily Eden (1797-1869)p. 154
Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849)p. 157
"George Egerton" (Mary Chavelita Dunne Bright) (1859-1945)p. 161
"George Eliot" (Mary Anne Evans) (1819-1880)p. 165
Sarah Stickney Ellis (1799-1872)p. 174
Susan Edmonstone Ferrier (1782-1854)p. 178
"Michael Field" (Katherine Harris Bradley and Edith Emma Cooper) (1846-1914) and (1862-1913)p. 181
Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865)p. 185
Lady Lucie Duff Gordon (1821-1869)p. 194
"Sarah Grand" (Frances Elizabeth Clarke McFall)(1854-1943)p. 198
Dora Greenwell (1821-1882)p. 202
Felicia Dorothea Hemans (1793-1835)p. 207
Mary Howitt (1799-1888)p. 211
Jean Ingelow (1820-1897)p. 215
Anna Brownell Murphy Jameson (1794-1860)p. 218
Geraldine Jewsbury (1812-1880)p. 222
Maria Jane Jewsbury (1800-1833)p. 227
Ellen Johnston (ca. 1835-1873)p. 231
Fanny (Frances Anne) Kemble (1809-1893)p. 235
Mary Henrietta Kingsley (1862-1900)p. 241
Letitia Elizabeth Landon (L.E.L.) (1802-1838)p. 245
"Vernon Lee" (Violet Paget) (1856-1935)p. 249
Amy Levy (1861-1889)p. 252
Eliza Lynn Linton (1822-1898)p. 256
"Lucas Malet" (Mary St. Leger Kingsley Harrison) (1852-1931)p. 260
Harriet Martineau (1802-1876)p. 264
Alice Meynell (1847-1922)p. 272
Harriet Taylor Mill (1807-1858)p. 276
Mary Russell Mitford (1787-1855)p. 280
Constance Naden (1858-1889)p. 283
Edith Nesbit (1858-1924)p. 287
Florence Nightingale (1820-1910)p. 291
Caroline Norton (1808-1877)p. 296
Margaret Oliphant Wilson Oliphant (1828-1897)p. 300
"Ouida" (Marie Louise de la Ramee) (1839-1908)p. 307
Bessie Rayner Parkes (Belloc) (1829-1925)p. 310
May Probyn (ca. 1856?-1909?)p. 313
Adelaide Anne Procter (1825-1864)p. 316
"Dollie" Radford (1858-1920)p. 319
Charlotte Eliza Lawson Riddell (1832-1906)p. 323
Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie (1837-1919)p. 328
A. Mary F. Robinson (Darmesteter Duclaux) (1857-1944)p. 336
Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894)p. 340
Olive Schreiner (1855-1920)p. 348
Anna Sewell (1820-1878)p. 353
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851)p. 356
Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal (1829-1862)p. 363
Edith J. Simcox (1844-1901)p. 367
Mary Fairfax Greig Somerville (1780-1872)p. 370
Agnes Strickland (1796-1874)p. 373
Helen Taylor (1831-1907)p. 376
Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna (1790-1846)p. 380
Frances Trollope (1779-1863)p. 384
Katharine Tynan (1859-1931)p. 389
Victoria, Queen of Britain (1819-1901)p. 393
Mary Augusta Arnold Ward (Mrs. Humphry Ward) (1851-1920)p. 396
Beatrice Webb (1858-1943)p. 400
Augusta Webster (1837-1894)p. 404
Lady Jane Francesca Wilde (1821?-1896)p. 408
Ellen Price Wood (Mrs. Henry Wood) (1814-1887)p. 411
Charlotte Mary Yonge (1823-1901)p. 415
Selected Bibliographyp. 421
Indexp. 427
About the Editor and Contributorsp. 445
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