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1st Edition

The Selected Letters of Caroline Norton

ISBN 9781848936034
Published November 12, 2019 by Routledge
1098 Pages

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Book Description

As the first nineteenth century woman to successfully campaign for women’s rights legislation, Caroline Norton has been comparatively neglected and under-researched. There is, however, a current and growing interest in her life and work. This is a new three volume collection of the correspondence of Caroline Norton. The collection includes over 750 of her letters and also features an introduction by the editors, contextualising and embedding Caroline’s literary and political achievements within the narrative of her letters.

Table of Contents

Volume I


Editorial Standards and Practices

List of Abbreviations


Chapter 1: 28 July 1828 – 29 December 1835

Index of Letters

Letters from 28 July 1828 to 29 December 1835


Chapter 2: [3] January [1836] – [26 December 1836]

Index of Letters

Letters from [3] January [1836] to [26 December 1836]


Chapter 3: 1 January 1837 – 31 December 1837

Index of Letters

Letters from 1 January 1837 to 31 December 1837


Volume II

Chapter 4: [13 January 1838] – 13 December 1847

Index of Letters

Letters from [13 January 1838] to 13 December 1847


Chapter 5: 12 January 1848 – 25 November 1857

Index of Letters

Letters from 12 January 1848 to 25 November 1857


Volume III

Chapter 6: 19 February [1858] – 20 December 1867

Index of Letters

Letters from 19 February [1858] to 20 December 1867


Chapter 7: 7 January 1868 – [10 June 1877]

Index of Letters

Letters from 7 January 1868 to [10 June 1877]


Biographical Index


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Ross Nelson holds a BA from Oxford University and a doctorate in English Literature

Marie Mulvey-Roberts is Professor of English Literature at the University of the West of England, UK.


These letters are an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the extraordinary life of Caroline Norton, novelist, poet, and campaigner for married women and mother’s rights.

Selected from over 80 archives and 2000 letters, they contain rare insights into her close relationships, including her intimate friendship with Lord Melbourne and friendships with other well-known writers such as Mary Shelley, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Robert Browning, Sheridan Le Fanu, Edward Trelawny, Edward Bulwer Lytton, Benjamin Disraeli, Frances Trollope, William Longfellow, Lucie Duff Gordon, William Barnes, Catherine Gore, Alexander Kinglake and Henry Taylor.

Other celebrated Victorian figures who feature in the correspondence include Charles Babbage, William Gladstone, Mary Ann Disraeli, Lord and Lady Palmerston, Sir Robert Peel, Lord John Russell, Edwin Landseer, Charles Macready, Amelia B. Edwards, Sidney Herbert, Leigh Hunt and Daniel Maclise.

These impeccably annotated and newly transcribed letters gathered from around the world open up a colourful nineteenth-century panorama of politics, literature and society.

Lady Antonia Fraser