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Fairies in Nineteenth-Century Art and Literature

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ISBN-10: 0521793157

ISBN-13: 9780521793155

Edition: 2001

Authors: Nicola Bown, Gillian Beer

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Although fairies are now banished to the realm of childhood, they were central to the work of many Victorian painters, novelists, poets and even scientists. This text examines and reaffirms the importance of fairies in Victorian culture.
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Book details

List price: $105.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/27/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 254
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.02" long x 0.67" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Nicola Bown is a lecturer in the Department of English at Birkbeck College, University of London. She has published articles in Textual Practice, Women: A Cultural Review, and the Journal of Victorian Culture, and worked for the Royal Academy on their Victorian Fairy Paintings show. This is her first book.

Jane Austen's life is striking for the contrast between the great works she wrote in secret and the outward appearance of being quite dull and ordinary. Austen was born in the small English town of Steventon in Hampshire, and educated at home by her clergyman father. She was deeply devoted to her family. For a short time, the Austens lived in the resort city of Bath, but when her father died, they returned to Steventon, where Austen lived until her death at the age of 41. Austen was drawn to literature early, she began writing novels that satirized both the writers and the manners of the 1790's. Her sharp sense of humor and keen eye for the ridiculous in human behavior gave her works…    

List of illustrations
Introduction: small enchantments
Fancies of fairies and spirits and nonsense
Queen Mab among the steam engines
A few fragments of fairyology, shewing its connection with natural history
A broken heart and a pocket full of ashes