Frances Power Cobbe

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  • Marion Spies (Bergische Universität-GHS Wuppertal)

Frances Power Cobbe was born on 4 December 1822 in Dublin, the only daughter of Charles Cobbe and Frances Conway Cobbe. Her family was Evangelical and belonged to the Anglo-Irish gentry. She had various governesses before she went to a ladies' school in Brighton from 1836 to 1838. After her mother's death she was the female head of the family and therefore taught at the village school and cared for the sick and the poor. Between 1852 and 1855 she wrote An Essay on the Theory of Intuitive Morals, in which her theistic world view clearly comes out and which was published anonymously in 1855. When her father died in 1857, he left her a small patrimony, which enabled her to travel to Egypt and Jerusalem via Italy and Greece before …

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Spies, Marion. "Frances Power Cobbe". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 July 2001
[, accessed 25 September 2016.]

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  1. Victorian Women's Writing