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Becoming a woman of letters : myths of authorship and facts of the Victorian market

Author: Linda H Peterson
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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'Becoming a Woman of Letters' examines the ways in which women negotiated the market realities of authorship & looks at the myths & models constructed by women writers to elevate their place in the profession during the 19th century.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Linda H Peterson
ISBN: 9780691140179 0691140170
OCLC Number: 244481660
Description: xv, 289 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The nineteenth-century profession of letters and the woman author --
Inventing the woman of letters : Harriet Martineau in the literary marketplace of the 1820s and 1830s --
Working collaboratively : Mary Howitt and Anna Mary Howitt as women of letters --
Parallel currents : The life of Charlotte Brontë as mid-Victorian myth of women's authorship --
Challenging Brontëan myths of authorship : Charlotte Riddell and A struggle for fame (1883) --
Transforming the poet : Alice Meynell as fin-de-siècle Englishwoman of letters --
The woman of letters and the new woman : reinventing Mary Cholmondeley.
Responsibility: Linda H. Peterson.
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