Jane Welsh Carlyle and Her Victorian World: A Story of Love, Work, Friendship and Marriage
Jane Welsh Carlyle, hailed one of the great letter-writers, has been largely ignored in favour of her husband, historian and essayist Thomas Carlyle. Chamberlain sets out to rectify this in a fascinating exploration of the period of 1843-1849, where Jane has moved from her native Scotland to Chelsea. While in London, Jane struggled with her literary aspirations and her role as a Victorian wife; and became friendly with Dickens and Gaskell, among others. She reported on this period until her husband’s infatuation with the Lady Harriet Baring became a point of contention between the pair. This is the first biography of Jane’s life, drawn from Jane’s own correspondences.
Duckworth Overlook, £25.00