Marriage originated as a joint exercise in composing a morally instructive tale by Susan Ferrier and her close friend Charlotte Clavering. Casting about for a topic for such a tale, Ferrier wrote to her friend, 'I do not recollect ever to have seen the sudden transition of a high-bred English beauty, who thinks she can sacrifice all for love, to an uncomfortable solitary Highland dwelling among tall red-haired sisters and grim-faced aunts'. While the two began writing together, it was Ferrier who carried the work forward although Clavering remained a loyal supporter and the first reader and critic of the work throughout its composition. The publisher, William Blackwood, was also instrumental in seeing the work completed; …
Ragaz, Sharon Anne. "Marriage". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 March 2008; last revised 30 November -1.
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