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Not Just Jane
Not Just Jane: Rediscovering Seven Amazing Women Writers Who Transformed British Literature | Shelley DeWees
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Weaponxgirl
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This is my kind of book, forgotten English women writers? Yes please! I'd only heard about one of these women beforehand and I knew nothing about her life but am now eager to read lady Audleys secret.
Simply put if this is something that interests you as much as it does me then you will love this book and can I recommend for #uklittens watching the programme on iplayer about forgotten women composers. We are overlooked in all areas of culture.

Leftcoastzen Looks great! 13mo
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shelbyy
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"You, dear reader, it really only takes you. You and your unending capacity for love - of stories, of books, and, maybe most important, of women who defy the conventions of their times in order to make their voices heard"

This book was entertaining and educational. I learnt so much about these seven women and their accomplishments. Their daring attitudes towards the social oppression against women is inspirational. I'm so glad I read it! ??

melissanorr I really liked this one as well. 2y
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shelbyy
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I had started this book at the end of summer, but I wasn't able to finish it before school started. I am an English major, so I had a bunch of reading to do for my classes. I decided to put off the rest of this one until Christmas break. Now that I am done exams and officially on my break I am finishing this off! I can't get enough of it 😍

PolaroidPoet One good thing about majoring in English is that you truly appreciate your breaks to read for the sake of reading. No forced discussions. No essays. Just pure enjoyment. Enjoy! Happy holidays! (edited) 2y
shelbyy @PolaroidPoet I love reading my assigned books, but it's nice to be able to read what I choose too, so yes I do really appreciate my breaks 😝 2y
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mdemanatee
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I‘m thinking my brain may just need some nonfiction

balletbookworm I love that one! 2y
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ManyWordsLater
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We women still need this advice!
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#women #equality #victorian #advice #truth #preach

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Suetara
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I've been wanting to read this book, and when I went to buy it today, the e-book was on sale. Yay!

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shelbyy
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I completely agree with Catherine Crowe here. This Victorian woman's unique radical thinking about the supernatural makes her an intriguing topic to read about.

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shelbyy
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I love getting new coffee mugs 😍

Robothugs Love the new mug!!! 2y
shelbyy @Robothugs thanks! I got a couple new beauty and the beast ones too! I'll post pictures of them sometime soon 2y
SilversReviews Love it!! 2y
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Robothugs Can't wait to see. 😁 2y
CareBear This one!! lol 2y
shelbyy @CareBear Haha I couldn't resist! I had to buy both mugs 😝 2y
vkois88 Love! 1y
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shelbyy
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"Still, while she lived, no woman was more notorious, more frequently caricatured, or more easily (and rightly) recognized for her talent and sheer force of will, than Mary Robinson"

The women in this book are badass ??

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shelbyy
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Just started this one and it's off to a great start! 💕

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Beck9lol
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I jumped up and down when I saw this package on my porch. Then I opened it and my brain exploded! My #litsypenpal sent me the most amazing gifts!!! The crazy thing is @Litlady I just got a call from the library this morning about "Not Just Jane" coming in and I called them up and said someone amazing sent it to me. Thank you so much...I love it all!!!

Litlady Woot!! Yay .. crazy muppet arms‼️Glad it arrived safe and sound. Hope you enjoy! Can't wait to hear your reviews and thoughts!! 📚🎉🎁❣✍ 2y
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Sue
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This book was even better than I expected. DeWees suggests that the reason that these 7 women didn't make it into the cannon was due to them not being demure ladies who obeyed the strictures for women at the time. These women pushed the envelope, both in their own lives and in their fiction.

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emmanoble
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Just a few of (too) many..everything's completely disorganized in my library because moving & life 🤷🏼‍♀️ #shelfie #riotgrams

Reviewsbylola 😍😍😍 2y
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Librarybelle
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Fifth and last book from the #24in48 readathon. DeWees examines seven British authoresses whose writings stirred emotions and opinions. Some were contemporaries of Jane Austen, some wrote in the beginning of the 1900s. Poets and novelists, their words contained political and social commentary. Fun to read about these women; may have to try and find copies of some of their writings!

Suetara I really, really want to read this. 2y
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Kat_Reads
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@M-D and I went to the library!

8little_paws Nice tote 😎 I love mine 2y
TheLondonBookworm Such a cute bag! :) 2y
M-D If it's your 👜 why aren't you carrying it 😂😂😂😂😂 2y
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Librarybelle
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On the home stretch...finished book five. Not too much more to go! #24in48

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Librarybelle

Woohoo! Finished book four. Onto book 5. #24in48

Librarybelle Just realized I miscounted the books, so edited the post. My mind is a jumble! 2y
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ABookishLife
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They look all fancy on the cover, but I have a feeling these literary ladies would've enjoyed a good beer.

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Bookworm83
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Graciouswarriorprincess I picked that #BOTM too and nice stack!📚 3y
beagle.mama I really loved reading he Britt-Marie book after reading My Grandmother asked me to Tell you She's Sorry. I love books that fill in back stories about characters in other books. 3y
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RealLifeReading Great collection! 3y
Reviewsbylola Loving Lillian Boxfish. 3y
Foreversweetserendipity Lily and the Octopus 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 3y
Bookworm83 @beagle.mama Me, too! I'm looking forward to reading it. @Reviewsbylola Oh good! @Foreversweetserendipity I know it's going to be a tear jerker, but I'm looking forward to it 3y
Foreversweetserendipity Yes!!! I cried my eyes out. I had the exact same thing from the story happen to me about a year ago. But the book is so so so so good ❤ 3y
Bookworm83 @Foreversweetserendipity I'm so sorry 💕💕 3y
Foreversweetserendipity Thank you, it was rough, we only had him about 9 months. We rescued him off the side of the road the day before our wedding out of state. We did everything we could for him. I Loved Mayhem. 3y
Bookworm83 @Foreversweetserendipity 😢😢 what a lucky guy to have been so loved by you that last year. Rescue pets just steal our hearts, don't they? 3y
Foreversweetserendipity Absolutely!!! He stole my heart a billion times over. He was old and had to have all his teeth removed except for like 3 of them. He was a grouchy old man who was almost dead when we found him. And he stole my heart so unexpectedly. I already had another dachshund and chocolate lab at home and it was meant to be when we found him on the roadside outside of our wedding venue. 3y
Bookworm83 @Foreversweetserendipity Love! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 3y
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Lissa00
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Haven't done much reading as the season has gotten busier but did manage to finish this gem. Highlighting seven women authors of the late eighteenth-nineteenth century, this novel explores some popular works of the time that just don't get read today. I found each chapter interesting and full of interesting tidbits about being a female writer during that time.

Eyelit I look forward to reading this in the new year! 3y
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Eyelit
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I'm really excited to read this as part of one of my challenges in the new year! #silhouettes #seasonsreading2016

RealLifeReading Pretty! 3y
[DELETED] 1409720085 Ooo, so pretty. 😍 3y
raelaschoenherr Oh, great one!! I have this one too :) 3y
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Shay
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Overall I really enjoyed this book about seven lesser known women writers of the Romantic and Victorian periods. Not Just Jane is at its weakest when it tries to explain why the women are not remembered, but shines when the women themselves step to the forefront. DeWees ably highlights gaps in our knowledge as she advocates for an expansion of the canon. Full review: https://goo.gl/piR6gL

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Litlady
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Not only did I love the color combo of this non-fiction gem but the research Ms. DeWees did on these lesser known female English writers was spot on. Her passion for the subject matter shines throughout. Having read Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, reading about these popular writers during their respective times made me feel remiss that I had never heard of them. It shows how English literature has been moulded by others' wishes and politics.

TheLondonBookworm Oooh stacked! 3y
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melissanorr
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My commute read.

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Chris0509
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This was a great book, a very interesting look at 19th century writers I had never heard of before.

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Bookworm83
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Another day, another #libraryhaul. Someone please tell me you have over 30 books checked out, too 😳 #ihaveaproblem #blameitonlitsy

charl08 I wish! The max is 20 (but that doesn't include the digital stuff...) 3y
Bookworm83 @charl08 I looked up the max at my library and it is 100!!! The library is completely enabling me 😋 3y
Lindy Currently 28 items checked out (including digital), 4 items waiting to be picked up. 😀 3y
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saresmoore 🙋 We have four cards in our family, each with a 50 max...you can do the math! 😬 3y
Bookworm83 @Lindy Oh good!!! @saresmoore 📚🎉📚🎉 3y
Merethebookgal Wow! My library system only allows 10 items checked out at a time! 3y
Bookworm83 @Merethebookgal How do you manage?!?! 😊 3y
Reviewsbylola I used to be like that, probably even worse. I had to get grips on it though because it was stressful and unmanageable for me. 😂 Right now I have two books checked out plus an ebook. I would say I rarely have more than 7-8 books out at a time and that includes children's books. 3y
Merethebookgal @Bookworm83 Very strategically 😉 3y
kellock I work in a library and often find my take home stack is larger than I have time to read. Always returning stuff unread. 3y
The_Literary_Jedi Yes! I always have more than I can get too and I will renew them until I get down to 2 renewals and if I can't get to it, I return it. Meanwhile, back at the Shoebox, my poor bookshelves are sagging under the weight of unread books I've purchased! 📚📚📚 It's a conundrum only the Lottery or retirement will solve 3y
minkyb It is a problem that will never be resolved, thankfully! 3y
Bookworm83 @Reviewsbylola You have more willpower than me 😉 @kellock @The_Literary_Jedi The struggle is real. I love to play the renew, return, recheck out game! 3y
Bookworm83 @minkyb It's a good problem to have! 3y
queerbookreader 58 🙋🏻 3y
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HarperCollins
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Looking for something new to read this weekend? May we suggest Not Just Jane—Shelley DeWees' utterly delightful and engaging tribute to some of England's fascinating, yet mostly forgotten, women writers. #bookrecommendation #notjustjane

Litlady Started it this week!! Loving it so far‼️ 👍💜😍 3y
HijackMe Always glad to see people diving into forgotten history and make it accessible to more of us. Totally getting this. 👌🏻 3y
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AnythingCanBe
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AnythingCanBe
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I can't wait to dive in!

MrBook Belatedly, welcome to @Litsy ! We hope you enjoy your stay 😊👍🏻. 3y
AnythingCanBe Thanks! :) 3y
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Leelee.reads
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Such an interesting read! At times, her assumptions, interpretations and conclusions on the writers were more generous than mine, and I was left with many questions - but that could simply be due to the lack of information on some of these "forgotten" authors. And oddly, I didn't finish with a burning desire to read the original works of all these ladies. However, if Regency and Victorian era lit is your cup of tea, you'll likely relish this!

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Liberty
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Bakingbookworm Me most nights. 📚❤️🌛 3y
Sparkpuppypup YESSSSS! 3y
Petitesmerveilles Too true!! 3y
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Arcana Every time! 3y
LindaGrace812 Absolutely! Also? A good book and utter disregard for morning! 😁 3y
Pickingclover Every time! It never fails. 3y
readinginthedark Me. Last night. Probably tonight. Okay, and every night. 3y
NoFrigateLikeABook Yes. This was me last night with The Girl Before. Read the whole dang thing. 3y
angrylilasian This is me right now! 😂 3y
McFarchie My life in a nutshell 3y
balletbookworm Did you finish it? 😜 3y
kgriffith Totally didn't go to bed until 3am thanks to 3y
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Leelee.reads
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You know what happens when women meddle in politics or "interfere with what does not regard their sex"? Well, they receive a "severe lesson" courtesy of the guillotine. According to the 1794 edition of Gentleman's Monthly, this should serve as a warning to all "ambitious women." #Nastywomenofyore

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Liberty
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Tonight's reading: For #nonfictionnovember. (Thanks to @balletbookworm for the idea.)

balletbookworm Yay!!!!!!!!! I ❤️it 3y
readinginthedark This looks so good! 3y
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balletbookworm
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It me. Will be ridiculous on the Internet for good books about badass lady writers #wcw #imwithher

So go buy Not Just Jane by @Shelleydewees out now from @HarperPerennial and learn about seven other ladies writing during the same time period. You won't be sorry.

(The pic is a still from the Boomerang we did for the store Twitter. 😜😜😜)

WordWaller We had a reading last night at the store but I had to miss it! Looks sooooo good though!!! 3y
BookishFeminist Just downloaded this today for #NonfictionNovember! 3y
LeahBergen I want this one! 3y
Liberty Oooo, I'm going to read this next. Thanks for the idea. 3y
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BookishMarginalia
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So excited to get my hands on this "witty, fascinating #feminist history of literary Britain!"

BethFishReads You'll love this! 3y
GeekGrl82 Elizabeth Gaskell deserves some attention. She's fantastic! 3y
saresmoore I want to devour this, please! 3y
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JSW I've had my eye on this! Can't wait to hear your thoughts 3y
sj_connor THIS IS RELEVANT TO MY INTERESTS 3y
badnorthern Looks great 3y
LyndseyReads Want! 3y
TotoroReads This sounds so good!! 3y
raelaschoenherr I have a signed copy waiting! 3y
irisonbooks This sounds so good. I am off to search who the featured authors are and see if I can find a copy . 3y
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Leelee.reads
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Pre-ordered this book - "a witty, fascinating feminist history of literary Britain" - way back in June, and it has finally arrived! Book mail surprise!

annahenke I can't wait to read this! 3y
Bkwurm I am adding this to my list. Thanks! 3y
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HarperPerennial
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Today's the day to add NOT JUST JANE to your shelf! Don't you just want to slip this smokin' spine (featuring Mary Elizabeth Braddon) in between your deluxe editions of Austen & Brontë? Show 'em what history forgot!

LauraBrook I'm so excited for this!!! 3y
balletbookworm Yay!!! ❤️💗❤️💗❤️💗❤️🎉🎉 3y
LeahBergen This sounds great! 3y
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raelaschoenherr
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#bookhaul from #heartlandfallforum #midwestbookshow! I could have gone even crazier, so I think I kept it pretty well in hand ☺️

LeahBergen I want The Flame Bearer!! 😫😫😫 3y
raelaschoenherr @LeahBergen Aw, wish I could share! I actually grabbed it for my brother. What's your favorite Cornwall? 3y
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HarperPerennial
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I couldn't love this book more, and then the first copies landed and this hot pink spine is screaming at me! 💞⚡️

Kkhalifeh Sexy! A good read too 😜 3y
Hornsby78 Ooo! I've gotta read this one! 3y
hwheaties Omg Olive, want! 3y
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Graciouswarriorprincess I can't wait to read this! 3y
LeahBergen Need! 3y
Pronounced_ing Ooh. Love that hot pink spine. 3y
eudaemaniacal totally delightful! I'm the kind of person to devotedly scour the Virago backlist and collect EVERY! SINGLE! Persephone publication so this was a perfect book for me. hoping we can get DeWees in the flesh at Magers and Quinn! 3y
go2yourlibrary Eudaemaniacal, I too love Virgo (esp travel!). And have become dangerously rabid about Persephone. Currently have a stack of Monica Dickens #TBR ! 3y
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HarperPerennial
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I couldn't love this book more, and then the first copies landed and this hot pink spine is screaming at me! 💞⚡️

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So excited for this one!!!

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BethFishReads
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The subtitle says it all: Rediscovering Seven Amazing Women Writers Who Transformed British Literature. Not out till fall, but I'm ready to meet these authors. Well-researched nonfiction for those of us interested in the history of women novelists. From @HarperPerennial

LitHousewife I'm going to have to read this! 3y
BookishFeminist This looks great!! Can't wait for it to come out. Maybe I can snag an arc of it beforehand. 3y
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HarperPerennial
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Just finished, all highlighted and flagged up. There are seven amazing women writers in here, and a fascinating perspective on what being female in the 19th century meant for literary culture.

sprinkledwithwords This seems really cool! Definitely added to my tbr! 3y
Pagedeep Hell to the yes. 3y
BethFishReads Cannot wait to read this! 3y
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hwheaties Going to request this one tomorrow. Woot! 3y
anwade88 I preordered it. Looks so interesting! 3y
Allisons_Attic That looks interesting! Another book added to my stack! 3y
AnishaB Ooh! I love books like these. The first one in my stack at Litsy! 3y
ThePetiteStag Sounds like a great read! 3y
teatalksbooks This could be a really great reference for novel units (and my own TBR) - adding to stack! 3y
sandra888 that last part of the description sealed the deal for me. looking forward to it! thanks for sharing. 3y
Thepetitereader Sounds great! 3y
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balletbookworm
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Mark your calendars for October 2016! Very interesting and readable literary biography of 7 19th century best-selling female writers, their work, and the cultural reaction to them (let's just say history repeats itself...). Off to dig up my copy of Lady Audley's Secret.

LyndseyReads Oooh, boy. On the list for sure! 3y
HarperPerennial Eeeeeeeeeee! 3y
Notsowiseowl So glad you love it! 👍🏻👌🏻💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻 3y
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Oh, the hand-wringing. The hand-wringing!!!

LyndseyReads Silly Victorians. 3y
Peterdamien Wasn't this the entire basis for dickens' success, the appeal of his serial-based stories for the common men and women...? 3y
balletbookworm @Peterdamien sort of, but this was a bit after him when sensation literature became popular and extremely inexpensive. And did not promote "proper" morals, bc "proper" literature upheld good morals ? 3y
balletbookworm @Peterdamien Dickens was pretty much middle-of the road Victorian; those with "low" morals were eventually punished (to my knowledge) 3y
Sue I think i need this! 3y
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Pretty hard to get yourself married off per Societal norms to a dude - also according to norms bc same-sex marriage wasn't even a glimmer in Victoria's eye - if there are no dudes to be had (and this includes all the undesirable dudes).

Yossarian In China today, there are 33 million more men than women! 3y
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balletbookworm
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Ugh, Chuck, you're the worst. @HarperPerennial

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balletbookworm
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History repeats itself.

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balletbookworm
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Navels are highly overrated. Moral fabric, however, needs to be shredded. #amreading #notjustjane @HarperPerennial

Notsowiseowl Sorry I'm stalking you but you are picking all my fave quotes! 3y
balletbookworm @Notsowiseowl 👍🏻👊🏻 3y
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In which Wordsworth becomes a creepy fan-stalker of Helen Maria Williams.

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