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A critical study of the life and works of Julia Wedgwood

Wedgwood, B L; (1983) A critical study of the life and works of Julia Wedgwood. Doctoral thesis , University of London. Green open access

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Abstract

This dissertation tells the story of the life of Frances Julia (Snow) Wedgwood (183,-1913). Snow has been mentioned in many biographies of Robert Browning, and the edited correspondence between her and Browning was published in 1937. E.M. Forster wrote an essay about her in his book Two Cheers For Democracy, but this is the first book-length biography of her. She herself wrote two novels, two biographies, two books of philosophy and dozens of essays for magazines like the Spectator and Contemporary Review, but her reputation as a literary figure, important in the latter part of the nineteenth century, has since fallen into obscurity. Though she knew personally many of the most important literary figures and theologians of the period, her own life has remained obscure. However, in 1967 a collection of some seventy-five thousand Wedgwood family letters and documents were put on deposit at the University of Keele in Staffordshire by the Wedgwood Company. The Wedgwood Archives at Keele are comprised of three main collections - the Mayer Collection, the Leith Hill Collection and the Mosley Collection. The Mosley Collection, which was only finally read and catalogued in 1980, contains over two thousand letters written to, by or about Snow. There are additional Snow letters, which are held privately by members of the Wedgwood family, and also there are some in other libraries - in particular, Cambridge University and, in America, Yale University and Baylor University. This biography of the great-grand-daughter of Josiah Wedgwood and a niece of Charles Darwin stems from original source material and is the first to be written about this significant Victorian writer and feminist whose life and achievements ought not to be forgotten.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: A critical study of the life and works of Julia Wedgwood
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by EThOS.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of English Lang and Literature
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1546145
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