Jan 22, 2012

19th Century Women Writers

The following information was written by the findingDulcinea Staff. See link: http://www.findingdulcinea.com/features/feature-articles/2009/mar/womens-history-month-part-III-19th-century-writers.html

These women paved the way for all of us...

Social Observation:
The year before the United States declared independence from England, Jane Austen was born. She began writing at an early age, completing a parody of English history at age 15, as written by a "partial, prejudiced, and ignorant Historian."

This brilliant and witty young Englishwoman kept a sharp eye on the way that English women and men of so-called "good breeding" thought and behaved. Her observations found their way into her novels, which included "Pride and Prejudice," "Emma" and "Sense and Sensibility."

Austen was published anonymously during her lifetime—although many people knew the writer's identity—and her gravestone bore no mention of her work. It was not until long after her death that Austen received the credit that she deserved.

The Brontë sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne, each became successful poets and novelists in their day. But as Bibliomania, an online literature and study guide, notes, "Their works were published initially under the names Ellis (Emily), Currer (Charlotte), and Acton (Anne) Bell, due to the fact that it was considered unseemly at the time for women to write and publish books." It wasn't until the Victorian era that Mary Anne Evans (aka George Eliot) finally achieved the kind of recognition given to male authors.

Readers knew quite early on that George Eliot was actually Evans, who'd been a translator of German philosophy and the editor of a popular literary journal before launching a full-time career as a novelist. Best known for "Middlemarch," a sprawling English tale of politics, economics, religion and romance, Evans adopted the pen name George Eliot to shield herself from controversy and so that she would be taken more seriously than the women who published under their own names. She used the name for each work that she published. Visit Victorian Web to learn more about Evans.

Queen Victoria was a great fan of "George," even saving a signature from the author that she received in a letter. For a female monarch to recognize a female author was an important milestone in both culture and politics.

Jan 7, 2012

New York

In New York doing research for my next book. We have been in NY since Thursday and have had a fantastic, fantastic, time meeting plenty of interesting people and enjoying the sights/sounds the big city has to offer. It has become apparent there is more to do in this city than will be possible in one visit. We have been fortunate enough to visit Ground Zero, shop, visit the Rockefeller Christmas Tree, and watch Wicked on Broadway, then spent a couple hours exploring the shops and sights in Times Square. The energy in Manhattan is busy and vibrant---at all hours of the day or night. Tomorrow we will spend the day exploring Central Park and maybe stop in at The Met. Central Park plays a big role in my next book, so I'll do plenty of exploring.

I'm not on my laptop and the hotel computer is timing out! I hope to write another blog in the next couple days. Until then...

"All dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was in vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible." T. E. Lawrence