The Beth book: being a study from the life of Elizabeth Caldwell Maclure, a woman of genius

Taylor, JennyBourne (2013) The Beth book: being a study from the life of Elizabeth Caldwell Maclure, a woman of genius. Victorian Secrets, Brighton. ISBN 9781906469313

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Abstract

Edited with an introduction and notes by Jenny Bourne Taylor. First published in 1897, The Beth Book – Being a Study from the Life of Elizabeth Caldwell Maclure, a Woman of Genius, is a semi-autobiographical novel offering a portrait of the artist as a young woman. Grand’s compelling story recounts in vivid detail the childhood of her young heroine, Beth, a spirited and intelligent girl who challenges the limitations of provincial life in Ireland and Yorkshire. Without the benefit of formal education, Beth must make her own way through adolescence, contending with a violent mother and an alcoholic father. With little money to go round, Beth often goes without so that her brothers might be raised as gentlemen, thus giving her an early introduction to sexual inequality. Even in girlhood Beth challenges gender expectations, dressing as a boy and poaching rabbits for the family dinner table.

Item Type: Edited Book
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: P Language and Literature
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Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2013 11:28
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2013 09:22
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/46520
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