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Recollections of a Happy Life

Being the Autobiography of Marianne North
Susan Morgan, ed.
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BUY Paper · 374 pp. · 6 × 9 · ISBN 9780813914701 · $25.00 · Sep 1993

Marianne North was a Victorian figure of some consequence. An amateur botanist and painter, she journeyed to the world's farthest reaches, to its ancient and new civilizations. She also wrote one of the major travel accounts of the Victorian period. Written after she retired from travel because of ill health, Recollections of a Happy Life incorporates journals and letters from throughout her travelling years. The huge manuscript left at her death was reduced and edited by her sister and published in 1892 in three volumes. Volume 1 is reprinted here. In a new Introduction, Susan Morgan raises issues of gender, imperialism, and the Victorian approach to science.

About the Author(s): 

Susan Morgan is Professor of English at Miami University. She is the author of In the Meantime: Character and Perception in Jane Austen's Fiction and Sisters in Time: Imagining Gender in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction and the editor of The Romance of the Harem (available from the University Press of Virginia).

 
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