Jane Welsh Carlyle and Her Victorian World by Kathy Chamberlain
A Story of Love, Work, Marriage, and Friendship

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Letters are the stuff of this engaging book. Though the marriage was not happy (Ms Chamberlain is wary of tales that it was unconsummated), Thomas and Jane wrote constantly whenever separated...
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The untold story of Jane Welsh Carlyle, the wife of the renowned Thomas Carlyle with literary aspirations of her own.

Hailed by Virginia Woolf as one of the all-time great letter writers, Jane Welsh Carlyle, wife of Victorian literary celebrity Thomas Carlyle, has been much overlooked. In this compelling new biography, Kathy Chamberlain brings Jane out of her husband’s shadow, focusing on Carlyle as a remarkable woman and writer in her own right.

Caught between her own literary aspirations and Victorian society’s oppression of women, Jane Welsh Carlyle hoped to move beyond domestic life and become a respected published writer. As she and her husband moved in exclusive London literary circles, mingling with noted authors, poets, and European revolutionaries, Carlyle created and reported to her correspondents on her rich, rewarding life in her Chelsea home―until her husband’s infatuation with a wealthy, imposing aristocratic society hostess threw her life into chaos.

Through dedicated research and unparalleled access to Jane Welsh Carlyle’s private correspondence, Kathy Chamberlain presents an elegant portrait of an extraordinary woman writer.

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About Kathy Chamberlain

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Kathy Chamberlain taught English for over thirty years at the City University of New York. She has given lectures on Jane Welsh Carlyle at the CUNY Graduate Center and at conferences in the US and UK, and has published numerous essays about Virginia Woolf and Jane Welsh Carlyle.
 
Published April 11, 2017 by The Overlook Press. 400 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Patricia Hagen on May 05 2017

By focusing on only a few highly significant years in Jane’s life, Chamberlain develops a portrait quite astounding in breadth — it’s as fine a depiction of England in the 1840s as I have encountered — and depth.

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on Apr 12 2017

Letters are the stuff of this engaging book. Though the marriage was not happy (Ms Chamberlain is wary of tales that it was unconsummated), Thomas and Jane wrote constantly whenever separated...

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