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Blanch Lesley

Published by London John Murray 1954, 1954
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First edition, second impression. Illustrated with 24 black and white plates. 8vo, publisher s original red cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and upper cover. ix, 324 pp. A well preserved copy, light mellowing to the spine but otherwise very pleasing, the text clean and bright. A FINE WORK ON THE ENGLISH VICTORIAN WOMEN WHO EXPLORED THE WORLD AND LIVED UNCONSTRAINED BY THE HISTORY OF BRITISH MORES. "The four women who form the subject of this book might be described as northern shadows flitting across a southern landscape. All of them belonged to the West, to the fast-growing climate of nineteenth-century Europe where the twentieth-century disintegration of women, as as such was already foreshadowed. Yet although of widely different natures, backgrounds and origins, all had this in common-each found, in the East, glowing horizons of emotion and daring which were for them now vanishing from the West. And each of them, in her own way, used love as a means of individual expression, of liberation and fulfillment within that radiant periphery. Aimee Dubucq, the gentle, inexperienced convent girl, in violent contrast to Isabelle Eberhardt, the chaotic Slav, mystic and voluptuary; Jane Digby, the wealthy, raffish divorcee, loving so many yet always retaining a curious innocence, a romantic idealism; Isabel Arundell, the impoverished Victorian miss, loving with single-minded fury, biding her time, stifled in conventional iving. All of them responded to a similar inward impulse to which the East offered fulfillment." -From the introduction. Bookseller Inventory # 21941

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Publisher: London John Murray 1954

Publication Date: 1954

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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