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The Autobiography of Margaret Oliphant 

The Autobiography of Margaret Oliphant

Written by: Margaret Oliphant
Edited by: Elisabeth Jay

Series: Broadview Editions
1st Edition

Publication Date: December 31, 2001
221pp • Paperback / PDF / ePub
ISBN: 9781551112763 / 1551112760
Volume: 0

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After the death of Margaret Oliphant—the prolific nineteenth-century novelist, biographer, essayist, reviewer, and prominent voice on the "woman question"—two well-intending relatives took the autobiographical manuscripts she composed over a thirty-year period, and recomposed them to suit the model of a conventional memoir. In the process, they suppressed more than a quarter of the material. Based on the original manuscripts, the Broadview edition now makes available the missing text in its original order, and the restored Autobiography of Margaret Oliphant portrays a woman of scathing irony, anger, and grief.

Part of Broadview's Nineteenth-Century British Autobiographies series, this edition also includes extensive excerpts from Oliphant's diaries.

Elisabeth Jay is a professor of English and Associate Head of the School of Humanities at Oxford Brookes University. The author of Margaret Oliphant: 'A Fiction to Herself': A Literary Life, Jay has written widely on nineteenth-century literature.

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Margaret Oliphant: A Brief Chronology

A Note on the Text

The Autobiography

Appendix A: Diary Entry for Christmas Night, 1887

Appendix B: 1888 Diary

Appendix C: 1896 Diary

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The Autobiography of Margaret Oliphant

2001 • 221pp • Paperback • 9781551112763 / 1551112760

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Broadview Press acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund, and also acknowledges the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation. Freehand Books, an imprint of Broadview, acknowledges the support of the Canadian Council of the Arts.