Mathilde Blind: Late-Victorian Culture and the Woman of Letters reviewed in 19th Century Gender Studies

Maria Luigia Di Nisio reviewed Mathilde Blind: Late-Victorian Culture and the Woman of Letters for Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies 14.1 (Spring 2018) . I was especially pleased that she quoted Blind’s own description of “proper biography” in describing mine: the story of a life “in which the philosophical insight into the mainsprings of character and action shall be combined with the power of infusing the breath of life into its subject” (152). Di Nisio also notes that while having special appeal for Victorianists, this biography “will prove an interesting reading for a more general audience as well, given the compelling personal portraits it carves out and the tantalizing glimpses it offers into the burgeoning cultural atmosphere of fin-de-siècle London.” She adds that “the study throws into relief the interconnections between female intellectuals sharing the same ideals, as well as a strong awareness of their own controversial position within contemporary society, and an eager desire for change.”

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