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This is an auction for EMINENT VICTORIAN WOMEN by Elizabeth Longford. review:

"Elizabeth Longford has chosen a group of Victorian women who challenged the repressive rules of established society. They include:

* Dr James Miranda Barry, born Margaret Bulkley, medical reformer and arguably the first British female to qualify as a surgeon, who found her freedom in male disguise.

*Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë, whose cloistered lives were illuminated by the vividness of their creative genius.

* Annie Besant, who campaigned for the rights of women subject to unreasonable husbands or harsh employers.

* Josephine Butler, who brought about the repeal of the infamous Contagious Diseases Act.

* George Eliot, whose novels brought her admiration and adulation even from those who abhorred her unorthodox lifestyle.

* Mary Kingsley, who crammed into her eight years of freedom more adventures than most achieve in a lifetime.

* Florence Nightingale, who through her devoted care of British servicemen opened up a whole profession to women.

* Harriet Beecher Stowe, whose novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin brought the cruelties of slavery to the world’s attention.

* Ellen Terry, who brought matchless charm to the stage - one of the very few careers that had always been open to women.

"By the end of Victoria's reign much progress had been made. This is a fascinating account of a crucial period of struggle for women’s rights and of some of the remarkable personalities who took part."

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Large format hardback 1981.

255 pages.

Photographs throughout.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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