Women Writers

Women Writers : Their Works and Ways (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Women Writers: Their Works and Ways Bronte, with F redrika Bremer, with Letitia Landon, with Felicia Hemans, and many others. Some, indeed, like Fanny Burney and Lady Morgan, seem to write from pure excess of vitality, from real gaiety of heart we are amused and interested, but we are not touched to finer issues, not roused and stimulated as we are by Elisabeth Barrett Browning or by George Eliot. Others, like Harriet Martineau and Maria Edgeworth, have a distinct practical aim in view. They wish to bring out some useful lesson, to point a moral as well as adorna tale. The first series of writers extends over a period of more than fifty years. They are the pioneers of the numerous authoresses of the present day. Early in the eighteenth century, Dean Swift, when writing to one of his lady corre spondents, made the following caustic remarks Your sex employs more thought, memory, and application to be fools than would serve them to be wise and useful. When I reflect on this, I cannot conceive you to be human creatures, but a sort of species, hardly a degree above a monkey, who hath more diverting tricks than any of you, is an animal less mischievous and expensive, might, in time, be'a tolerable critic in velvet and brocade, and, for aught I know, would equally become them. As the century went on, a new state of things set in. Women were no longer absorbed in cards and dress. Mary Wollstonecraft was battling for the rights of her sex, Mrs. Barbauld and Hannah More were writing poems, Joanna Baillie was composing tragedies, and Fanny Burney was sharpening her satirical little pen. It is with her name that we will begin. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.show more

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  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 18mm | 445g
  • Forgotten Books
  • United States
  • English
  • , black & white illustrations
  • 0243080905
  • 9780243080908