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Daily Snippet #8: Page 134 / 100 Words

Elizabeth Eger, and Lucy Peltz. Brilliant Women: 18th-Century Bluestockings. National Portrait Gallery, London / Yale UP, 2008. Published to accompany the exhibition of the same name, at the NPG London 13 March to 15 June 2008.

“The novel is a genre in which women have historically excelled, more so perhaps than in any other field of the arts or literature. Ask anybody to identify eminent cultural women of the past and the names Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë and George Eliot (pen name of Marian or Mary Ann Evans) will undoubtedly arise. What is less commonly known is that these individuals emerged from a mass of contemporary female novelists and were not lone examples of a woman’s ability to compete with her male peers. As we have seen, they were also writing in the wake of the …”

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The Nine Muses of Great Britain (after the similar painting by Richard Samuel), 1778. Elizabeth Carter, Angelica Kauffman, Anna Letitia Barbauld, Catharine Macaulay, Elizabeth Montagu, Elizabeth Griffith, Hannah More, Elizabeth Ann Linley (Mrs. Sheridan) – All the women in the portrait were considered “Bluestockings.” [Image from Wikipedia]

If you want to know more about these women (and many more), please visit the website of Chawton House, Home to Early Women Writers.

And just because Jane IS Everywhere, this is the illustration on page 135!

Jane Austen, sketch by Cassandra Austen, NPG London

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