From a Past Contemporary: Three Victorian Novelists
Edwards, Amelia, Contemporary Review
Editor's Note: In the 128 years of its history, the Contemporary Review has carried a wealth Of important articles on virtually every subject. We plan to include a short selection from past articles from time to time over the next few years. We begin with an article published exactly a century ago in August 1894. It was called `The Art of the Novelist'. Amelia Edwards (1831-92) was a popular novelist who began her career as a writer by publishing a poem at age seven. She became one of the first women journalists by working for the Saturday Review and the Morning Post. She also wrote eight novels. One, Debenham's Vow (1870), was much admired by Anthony Trollope. In her last decade she became pre-occupied with Egypt and helped to found the first chair of Egyptology in a British university. A few years before her death she wrote an article about Victorian fiction in which she recalled three great novelists of her early years: Charles Dickens, W. M. Thackeray, and Anthony Trollope. She is particularly interesting about Trollope as she knew him the best. In the research for my recent biography (Anthony …
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Publication information: Article title: From a Past Contemporary: Three Victorian Novelists. Contributors: Edwards, Amelia - Author. Magazine title: Contemporary Review. Volume: 265. Issue: 1543 Publication date: August 1994. Page number: 102+. © 1999 Contemporary Review Company Ltd. COPYRIGHT 1994 Gale Group.
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