When They Were Girls

When They Were Girls

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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 140 x 200mm
  • United Kingdom
  • 0245579818
  • 9780245579813

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A companion volume to When They Were Boys presents a dozen sketches of famous women (fourteen with the inclusion of the Bronte sisters as a single chapter) and, covering a time span of two hundred years, from ??750 to 1950, indicates not only the personalities of the subjects but the special quality of their work and the effect they had on society. There is a preponderance of writers in the gathering; besides the Brontes these include Fanny Burney, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Louisa May Alcott. In the sketch of Fanny Burney particularly one feels the theme of the whole book. As were the others, hers was a life of going against the grain, of insisting on truth in a world where propriety ruled and in her own way changing that world for the better. Helen Keller, Marie Curie, Sarah Bernhardt, Florence Nightingale, these are among the others one would expect to meet in such a volume. But all the lives are retold with a freshness and insight that makes fine reading for any youngster who would know more about the world as it is. With the demand for authentic brief biographical material on off the beaten track figures, this with its fresh viewpoint, makes a sound contribution. (Kirkus Reviews)show more