Geraldine Jewsbury

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  • Joanne Wilkes (University of Auckland)

Geraldine Endsor Jewsbury was a mid-Victorian novelist and journalist whose works and career, after falling into obscurity by the early twentieth century, have enjoyed a revival of interest among feminist literary scholars since the 1970s. She was born at Measham, near the Derbyshire-Leicestershire border, on 22 August 1812, the fourth child of Thomas Jewsbury, a cotton manufacturer, and his wife Maria (née Smith), a cultivated woman of artistic tastes; there were eventually six surviving children. In 1818 the family moved to Manchester, where Thomas became an insurance agent. Maria died the following year, however, so that the eldest child and only other girl, Maria Jane (b. 1800), became responsible for running the household and …

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Wilkes, Joanne. "Geraldine Jewsbury". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 January 2005
[, accessed 28 September 2016.]