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An Independent Woman's Lake District Writings

An Independent Woman's Lake District Writings( )
Author: Martineau, Harriet
Editor: Hill, Michael R.
Series title:Classics in Women's Studies
ISBN:978-1-59102-172-8
Publication Date:Jun 2013
Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield Unlimited Model
Imprint:Humanity Books
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:AUD $34.99
Book Description:

This inviting and wonderfully accessible collection of Harriet Martineau's essays (together with one fictional tale) -- culled from hard-to-find American and British publications -- chronicles the life, economy, society, and physical terrain of the English Lake District during the mid-Victorian era. As the first woman sociologist and an astute social observer, Martineau portrays and comments on the people of her beloved Lake District, their customs, virtues, health, and social...
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Book Details
Pages:504
Detailed Subjects: Social Science / Customs & Traditions
Social Science / Sociology / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):13.97 x 21.59 x 3.175 cm
Book Weight:0.369 Kilograms
Author Biography
Martineau, Harriet (Author)
Martineau, from a devout and strict Unitarian family in Norwich, was born without the sense either of taste or of smell and, by the age of 12, showed signs of severe deafness. Throughout the early years of her life, she battled poverty and illness. At her mother's insistence, Martineau was educated, at first at home by her brothers and then for a short time at school. Because her loss of hearing became worse, she was sent home. Within a space of about three years during the late 1820's, Martineau's favorite brother, Thomas, died; her father lost his fortune and died; and her fiance became insane and died. By 1829, the last of the family money was gone, and she was reduced to helping support her mother and sisters with her needlework.

At about this time, she began to review for the Unitarian periodical The Monthly Repository and in 1831 won all three prizes in the magazine's contest for the best essays on the conversion of Catholics, Jews, and Muslims. During 1832-33,she published the tales "Illustrations of Political Economy" and its sequel, "Poor Laws and Paupers," in monthly parts. Despite their pointed didacticism, the works were a tremendous success. Other works of fiction followed. In 1839, she published her first novel, "Deerbrook," and, three years later, her fictionalized biography of Toussaint L'Ouverture, "The Hour and the Man," appeared.

Despite her forays into fiction, however, Martineau is better known today for her historical, political, and philosophical writings. Early in her career, she was influenced by the classical economies of David Ricardo and Thomas Malthus. She was friends with Edwin Chadwick and James Kay-Shuttleworth, and acquainted with John Stuart Mill. A strong, often radical proponent of utilitarian reform, early in her career she wrote a number of instructive texts that advocated the same curriculum for men and women. By the mid 1840's, Martineau had completely thrown off her Unitarianism and in 1851, published her antith



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