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The author of numerous popular novels, British author and poet Matilda Betham-Edwards (1836-1919) was also a dedicated Francophile. With books such as France of To-Day (1892), which describes contemporary French life to a British readership, she worked to promote a better understanding between the two nations. In recognition of her efforts, she was made Officier de l'Instruction Publique de France by the French government, and awarded several medals. In this autobiography, first published in 1898, Betham-Edwards recounts significant episodes of her life. She tells of her childhood and education, the publication of her first book in 1857, and her experiences as a female professional author, including meeting George Eliot and John Stuart Mill. Her travel narrative Through Spain to the Sahara (1868), and her editions of the writings of agriculturalist Arthur Young, are also reissued in this more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1139177184
  • 9781139177184

Table of contents

1. Childhood; 2. Our rector; 3. Our village; 4. The sons of the soil; 5. Lady farmers and others; 6. The world of books; 7. The social medium; 8. The social medium continued; 9. Mimosa House; 10. The two Dromias; 11. Idyllic and bibliographical; 12. Old Germany; 13. Old Vienna; 14. Might have beens; 15. Semi-Bohemian Paris; 16. A girl farmer; 17. The world of letters, art and science; 18. More London souvenirs; 19. George Eliot and Madame Bodichon; 20. George Eliot and Madam Bodichon continued; 21. George Eliot's 'Barbara'; 22. Leipzig; 23. The Goethes at Weimar; 24. The Abbe Liszt; 25. The Abbe Liszt continued; 26. Dr. Thomas Wilson; 27. A group of more