Ladies of Literature Author:Laura L. Hinkley From the author's foreword: 'I have tried to let these Ladies of Literature explain themselves. No one else can explain them. We who write about them may see their environment in a perspective they could not see, we may estimate their work with a detachment impossible to them, but in that all-important region between environment and work, in ... more »the shaped and shaping soul of the genius, we move blindly. . . .All we know is what they tell us. They tell us what they really did feel and think and know in letters, in diaries, in talk with intimate friends, and in the more or less autobiographical portions of their work. So in speaking intimately with these ladies I have told what they said themselves, and in doing so have drawn rather heavily upon existing records.'
The authors who are the subjects of this book are Fanny Burney; Jane Austen; Charlotte and Emily Bronte; Elizabeth Barrett Browning; and George Eliot.« less