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Lucie Duff Gordon in England, South Africa and Egypt

Author: Gordon Waterfield
Publisher: New York, E.P. Dutton & Co. Inc. [©1937]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Lucie Duff Gordon," wrote George Meredith, "was of the order of women of whom a man of many years may say that their like is to be met with but once or twice in a life-time." Lucie had none of the consummate self-confidence of her cousin, Harriet Martineau, or the enthusiasms and industry of Sarah Austin. She had instead a quality -- an attitude to life -- which makes her a member of the twentieth rather than of  Read more...
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Waterfield, Gordon, 1903-
Lucie Duff Gordon in England, South Africa and Egypt.
New York, E.P. Dutton & Co. inc. [©1937]
(OCoLC)560033830
Named Person: Lucie Duff Gordon, Lady; Mrs Sarah (Taylor) Austin; Lucie Duff Gordon; Lucie Duff Gordon, Lady
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gordon Waterfield
OCLC Number: 385504
Notes: "First edition."
Description: xi, 357, [1] pages including frontispiece plates, portraits 23 cm
Contents: Part 1: England. 1. The Melancholy John Austin --
2. The Taylors of Norwich --
3. Sarah Taylor's Engagement --
4. Birth of Lucie --
5. Austin's Difficulties --
6. Sarah, Carlyle and Prince Puckler Muskau --
7. Lucie's Friendships --
8. Life at Boulogne --
9. Lucie Goes to School --
10. The Austin's in Malta --
11. Lucie Marries --
12. Reading and Writing --
13. Janet, Hassan and Caroline Norton --
14. Social Life --
15. Guizot Flees From France --
16. The Climax of 1848 --
17. The 'Gordon Arms' --
18. Lucie visits the Dying Heine --
19. Death of John Austin --
20. George Meredith and 'Evan Harrington'. Part 2: South Africa. 21. Journey to the Cape --
22. Capetown --
23. Dutch, English and Malays --
24. Visit Up-Country --
25. The People of Caledon --
26. The Return Home. Part 3: Egypt. 27. The Land of the Arabian Nights --
28. Omar 'The Sweet' --
29. Muslim Attitude to Women --
30. The Nile --
31. William Thayer's Diary --
32. The Sultan's Visit --
33. Ismail and Poverty --
34. Religion and Paganism --
35. Nile Floods and Cattle Murrain --
36. The Journey to Luxor --
37. Letters from Luxor --
38. Urania --
39. Slaves and Children --
40. Lucie's Visitors --
41. Sheikh Yussuf and Religion --
42. Fame as a Doctor --
43. 'Let the English Come' --
44. 'Queen of the Arabs' --
45. Mistress and Servant --
46. Sally Marries Omar --
47. The New Morality --
48. Lucie's Death.
Responsibility: [by] Gordon Waterfield ...

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"Lucie Duff Gordon," wrote George Meredith, "was of the order of women of whom a man of many years may say that their like is to be met with but once or twice in a life-time." Lucie had none of the consummate self-confidence of her cousin, Harriet Martineau, or the enthusiasms and industry of Sarah Austin. She had instead a quality -- an attitude to life -- which makes her a member of the twentieth rather than of the nineteenth century. Born in 1821, the year of Napoleon's death, she was brought up in much the same atmosphere of disillusionment and change after a long period of warfare as those born a century later. She was not trammelled by Victorian conventions and disliked all pose and snobbery. She was a passionate defender of all whom she considered to be treated unjustly, and, when she could, gave them practical help; "against the cruelty of despotic rulers and the harshness of society she was openly at war." While Lucie was by no means a product of Victoria-Albert England in which she lived, she was very much influenced by the radical and intellectual atmosphere in which she was brought up. - Introduction.

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