Mrs Oliphant: "A Fiction to Herself": A Literary Life

  title={Mrs Oliphant: "A Fiction to Herself": A Literary Life},
  author={Elisabeth Jay},
  • E. Jay
  • Published 23 March 1995
  • Art
As an expatriate Scots woman, Mrs Margaret Oliphant (1828-97) started her prolific and accomplished writing career at three removes from the centre of Victorian literary life. Widowed early, and left with not only her own children, but two brothers, a nephew and two nieces to support, she became keenly aware of the discrepancy between society's assumptions about woman's role and her own position as a female breadwinner in the male-dominated world of nineteenth-century publishing. Out of the… Expand
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