Bessie Parkes's Summer Sketches: George Eliot As Poetic Persona. Bessie Parkes's Summer Sketches: George Eliot As Poetic Persona.

Bessie Parkes's Summer Sketches: George Eliot As Poetic Persona‪.‬

Victorian Poetry 2004, Fall, 42, 3

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IN 1853 AN HISTORIC GROUP OF LITERARY VICTORIANS GATHERED AT THE KING'S Arms Inn at the foot of Leith Hill for a part of their summer holiday. A vanguard group of three women, Barbara Leigh Smith (later Bodichon), her aunt Julia Smith, and Bessie Rayner Parkes (later Belloc), arrived in the Surrey village of Ockley near the end of June and installed themselves in the snug little inn. After several days, during which they established an active yet restful rural routine, a party arrived from London to expand the group by three women and a man: Marian Evans (eventually George Eliot), Sara Hennell, Susanna Chapman, and her publisher husband John. (1) Most of the group who met at the King's Arms were writers. Leigh Smith completed and published her Brief Summary of the Most Important Laws Concerning Women the following year. Sara Hennell plugged away at her metaphysics and brought out Christianity and Infidelity in 1856 and Thoughts in Aid of Faith in 1859. John Chapman continued writing occasional articles, including, in 1855, an essay on women's rights, and, in 1858, his single independent publication, a seven-page pamphlet on Chloroform and Other Anesthetics. Evans also wrote noteworthy articles, the most important of them for the Westminster Review. (2) By the end of the decade she had become one of England's most respected novelists. And Parkes, although she later found her place in literary London editing feminist periodicals, at the time was writing both prose and poetry, including Summer Sketches, an epistolary narrative poem set largely in the Surrey village she and her friends visited in the summer of 1853.

GENRE
Gewerbe und Technik
ERSCHIENEN
2004
22. September
SPRACHE
EN
Englisch
UMFANG
31
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West Virginia University Press, University of West Virginia
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211,2
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