Jane Welsh Car­lyle and Her Vic­to­rian World: A Story of Love, Work, Friend­ship and Mar­riage

SCOTS Heritage Magazine - - Books - By Kathy Cham­ber­lain

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

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