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This powerful work, the only edition of Olive available, traces its eponymous heroine's progress from her ill-starred birth to maturity as a painter and wife, offering a fascinating study of deformity and race relations. Crippled Olive Rothesay must not only win her parents' affection but also overcome their initial disgust at her physical "imperfection," a curvature of the spine. Published three years after Jane Eyre, Olive's swift fictional response to Bronte's novel raises questions of family, race, and nation through the story of Olive's struggle to take her place in the world as artist and woman.show more

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  • Paperback | 398 pages
  • 120 x 190 x 19.05mm | 260g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192892622
  • 9780192892621

About Dinah Maria Mulock Craik

Dinah Craik (nee Dinah Maria Mulock) 1826-1887. Cora Kaplan is Professor of English at Southampton University."show more

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