The Rise and Fall of the Woman of Letters
By (author) Norma Clarke
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Rise and Fall of the Woman of Letters by Norma Clarke
Book DescriptionIf Aphra Benn is widely regarded as the first important woman writer in English, who was the second? In literary history, the eighteenth century belongs to men: Pope and Swift, Richardson and Fielding. Asked to name a woman, even the specialist stumbles. Jane Austen? She didn't publish until 1811. Aphra Benn herself? She died in 1869. The Rise and Fall of the Woman of Letters tells the remarkable but little-known story of women writers in the eighteenth century - of poets, critics, dramatists and scholars celebrated in their own time but all but forgotten by the beginning of the new century. Eliza Haywood, Catherine Cockburn, Elizabeth Elstob, Delarivier Manley, Elizabeth Rowe, Jane Barker, Elizabeth Thomas, Anna Seward...In a book which ranges from country house to Grub Street, Norma Clarke recovers these and other writers, establishes the reasons for their eclipse and discovers that a room of one's own in the eighteenth century was as likely to be a prison cell as a boudoir.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780712664677
(233mm x 153mm x 29mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 27-May-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Norma Clarke
Brothers of the Quill, Hardback (April 2016)
Oliver Goldsmith arrived in England a penniless Irishman and toiled for years in the anonymity of Grub Street. Norma Clarke tells how this destitute scribbler became one of literary London's most celebrated authors, transmuting dark truths about the empire into fable and nostalgia whose undertow of Irish indignation remains just barely perceptible.
Queen of the Wits, Paperback (February 2009)
Poetess, fallen woman and wit, Laetitia Pilkington spent her life as close to fame as she was near to ruin. Divorced by her husband after she was exposed as an adulteress, she led a life of precarious self-sufficiency. This biography tells of a woman determined to be known as a writer on equal terms with men.
Doctor's Daughter, Hardback (May 1996)
Each book in this series tells what it was like to live at a different time in history. Matty is a Victorian girl who has to leave her home to go to school in London. She has to travel on one of the new trains that can go at 15 miles an hour. Maybe she can have a future, even though she is a girl.
Trouble on the Day, Paperback (January 1996)» View all books by Norma Clarke
Tom and his little brother are to be page boys. As if that weren't enough, they have to wear purple frilly shirts, shoes with silver buckles and white tights. A on top of that, they get burgled on the morning of the wedding. Surely nothing else could go wrong?
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Author Biography - Norma Clarke
Educated at the Universities of Lancaster, London, and Kent, Norma Clarke is a Research Fellow in the English Department, Kingston University, and an Honorary Research Fellow in the History Department, Royal Holloway College, University of London. She is the author of five novels for children, numerous articles and several books, including Ambitious Heights (1990) and Dr Johnson's Women (2000).
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