The Autobiography of Margaret Oliphant

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Broadview Press, Jan 8, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 221 pages
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After the death of Margaret Oliphant—the prolific nineteenth-century novelist, biographer, essayist, reviewer, and prominent voice on the “woman question”—two well-intending relatives took the autobiographical manuscripts she composed over a thirty-year period, and recomposed them to suit the model of a conventional memoir. In the process, they suppressed more than a quarter of the material. Based on the original manuscripts, the Broadview edition now makes available the missing text in its original order, and the restored Autobiography of Margaret Oliphant portrays a woman of scathing irony, anger, and grief.

Part of Broadview’s Nineteenth-Century British Autobiographies series, this edition also includes extensive excerpts from Oliphant’s diaries.


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Margaret Oliphant, one of the most prolific writers of the Victorian era (she wrote, if I am correct, over 90 novels), approaches the writing of her autobiography in an almost modern, stream-of ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Elisabeth Jay is a professor of English and Associate Head of the School of Humanities at Oxford Brookes University. The author of Margaret Oliphant: ‘A Fiction to Herself’: A Literary Life, Jay has written widely on nineteenth-century literature.

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