THE HASTINGS PRESS
"An excellent book about an unjustly forgotten but important late-Victorian figure who did so much to explain the French to the British."
Professor of French Cultural History
"A very interesting book about a fascinating woman who dedicated much of her life to the promotion of better understanding between the English and he French, giving also a shrewd insight into the history of women as they struggled for independence in the nineteenth century."
Ministre Conseiller, French Embassy
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Novelist, Travel writer and Francophile
by Joan Rees
“One of the most remarkable
of the group of distinguished women
whom we now call Mid-Victorian.”
This comment by the nineteenth century novelist and feminist, Sarah Grand, is an apt summary of the life and career of Matilda Betham-Edwards. Born to
a farming family in Suffolk and always warmly attached to the flat
countryside of her native county, she
published her first novel when she was twenty-one and her last when she was over seventy. At all times she was thoroughly engaged with the concerns and
leading personalities of contemporary life.
She writes intimately of George Eliot and Henry James, among other major figures, and the impact of Darwinism is one of the subjects which she treats with acuteness and verve in both her autobiographical writing and her novels of contemporary English life.