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friends, and with no thought of their ever appearing in print, give the most
spontaneous expressions of feeling on the part of the writer, as well as her own
account of many events of her life. They furnish, therefore, better data upon
which to base an opinion of her real personality and character than anything
else could possibly give. The volume is interesting from beginning to end,
and one rises from its perusal with the warmest admiration for Sarah Siddons
because of her great genius, her real goodness, and her true womanliness, shown

ably, than any other one person has ever done, and at greater odds. N. E.
Journal of Education.

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The latest addition to the excellent " Famous Women Series " is a sketch of the
Queen of Navarre, one of the most deservedly famous women of the sixteenth cen-
tury. In political influence she is fitly compared to Queen Elizabeth of England
and Margaret of Austria; and as to her services to religion, she has been referred
to as " the divinity of the great religious movement of her time, and the upholder of
the mere natural rights of humanity in an age that only respected opinions." The
story of this remarkable woman is here told briefly, and with a discrimination that
does credit to the biographer. Times-Star, Cincinnati.

Margaret of Angouleme furnishes a noble subject, which has been ably treated.
Miss Robinson r s sketch proves thorough research and a clear conception of her
work, possessing a perfect knowledge of the characters and events connected with
that period. She is in sympathy with every movement, and explicit in detail, being
strictly confined to tacts which may be authentically received. . . . This excellent
biography is a source of enjoyment from the first page to the last, and should be
read by every student and lover of history. It abounds in instructive and enjoy-
able reading, furnishing a valuable addition to this popular series. Utica Press.

One of the most readable volumes thus far in the " Famous Women Series "
has just been published by Roberts Brothers. It is Mary F. Robinson's "Life
of Margaret of Angouleme, Queen of Navarre." Judging from the fifty different
authorities that the writer has consulted, it is evident that she has taken great
pains to sympathize with the spirit of the era which she describes. Only a warm
imagination, stimulated by an intimate knowledge of details, will help an author
to make his reader realize that the past was as present to those who lived in it as
the present is to us. Miss Robinson has compiled a popular history, that has the
easy flow and lifelike picturesqueness which it is so often the aim of the novelist to
display. Such books as this, carefully and even artistically written as they are,
help to fill up vacant nooks in the minds of those who have read large histories in
which personal biography can hold but a small place; while at the same time thej

Ee the non-historical reader a good deal of information which is, or ought to
more interesting than many a fiction. Nor does Miss Robinson estimate the
pence of Margaret of Angouleme wrongly when she traces the salvation of a
nation to her mercy and magnanimity. N. V. Telegram.

It is reasonable and impartial in its views, and yet clear in its judgments. The
immense importance of Queen Margaret's influence on the beginnings of modern
thoughts in France is clearly set forth, but without exaggeration or undue empha-
sis. Miss Robinson is especially happy in her portrayal of Margaret's complex
character, which under her hand becomes both human and consistent; and the
volume, although small, is a valuable addition to the history of France in the six-
teenth century. Boston Courier.

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Mathilde Blind's life of Mme. Roland is by far the most fascinating. . . . But
no one can read Mme. Roland's thrilling story, and no one can study the character
of this noble, heroic woman without feeling certain that it is good for the world to
have every incident of her life brought again before the public eye. Among the
famous women who have been enjoying a new birth through this set of short
biographies, no single one has been worthy of the adjective great until we come
to Mme. Roland. . . .

"We see a brilliant intellectual women in Mme. Roland; we see a dutiful
daughter and devoted wife ; we see a woman going forth bravely to place her neck
under the guillotine, a woman who had been known as the * Soul of the Giron-
dins ; ' and we see a woman struggling with and not being overcome by an intense
and passionate love. Has history a more heroic picture to present us with? Is
there any woman more deserving of the adjective ' great' ?

" Mathilde Blind has had rich materials from which to draw for Mme. Roland's
biography. She writes graphically, and describes some of the terrible scenes
in the French Revolution with great picturesqueness. The writer's sympathy
with Mme. Roland and her enthusiasm is very contagious ; and we follow her
record almost breathlessly, and with intense feeling turn over the last few pages
of this little volume. No one can doubt that this life was worth the writing,
and even earnest students of the French Revolution will be glad to refresh their
memories of Lamartine's ' History of the Girondins,' and again have brought
vividly before them the terrible tragedy of Mme. Roland's life and death."
Boston Evening Transcript.

' The thrilling story of Madame Roland's genius, nobility, self -sacrifice, and
death loses nothing in its retelling here. The material has been collected and
arranged in an unbroken and skilfully narrated sketch, each picturesque or exciting
incident being brought out into a strong light. The book is one of the best in an
excellent series." Christian Union.

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this little library of biography. Indeed, we are disposed to rank it as the best of
the lot. The subject is an entertaining one, and Mrs. Miller has done her work
admirably. Miss Martineau was a remarkable woman, in a century that has not
been deficient in notable characters. Her native genius, and her perseverance in
developing it ; her trials and afflictions, and the determination with which she rose
superior to them ; her conscientious adherence to principle, and the important
place which her writings hold in the political and educational literature of her day,
all combine to make the story of her life one of exceptional interest. . . . With
the exception, possibly, of George Eliot,^ Harriet Martineau was the greatest of
English women. She was a poet and a novelistj but not as such did she make
good her title to distinction. Much more noteworthy were her achievements in
other lines of thought, not usually essayed by women. She was eminent as a
political economist, a theologian, a journalist, and a historian. . . . But to attempt
a mere outline of her life and works is out of the question in our limited space.
Her biography should be read by all ill search of entertainment." Professor
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"The present volume has already shared the fate of several of the recent biog-
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tradiction of more or less important points in the relation by the living friends of the
dead genius. One of Mrs. Miller's chief concerns in writing this life seems to
have been to redeem the character of Harriet Martineau from the appearance of
hardness and unamiability with which her own autobiography impresses the
reader. . . . Mrs. Miller, however, succeeds in this volume in showing us an alto-
gether different side to her character, a home-loving, neighborly, bright-natured,
tender-hearted, witty, lovable, and altogether womanly woman, as well as the clear
thinker, the philosophical reasoner, and comprehensive writer whom we already
knew." The Index.

"Already ten volumes in this library are published; namely, George Eliot,

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rank with any of them in womanliness or gifts or grace. At home or abroad,
in public or private. She was noble and true, and her life stands confessed a suc-
cess. True, she was literary, but she was a home lover and home builder. She
never lost the higher aims and ends of life, no matter how flattering her success.
This whole series ought to be read by the young ladies of to-day. More of such
biography would prove highly beneficial." Troy Telegram.

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an actress. The story of Rachel's career is of the most brilliant success in
art and of the most pathetic failure in character. Her faults, many and
grievous, are overlooked in this volume, and the better aspects of her nature
and history are recorded." Hartford Courant.

" The book is well planned, has been carefully constructed, and is
pleasantly written." The Critic.

" The life of Mile. lisa Rachel Felix has never been adequately told,
and the appearance of her biography in the ' Famous Women Series ' 01
Messrs. Roberts Brothers will be welcomed. . . . Yet we must be glad the
book is written, and welcome it to a place among the minor biographies ;
and because there is nothing else so good, the volume is indispensable to
library and study." Boston Evening Traveller.

" Another life of the great actress Rachel has been written. It forms
part of the * Famous Women Series,' which that firm is now bringing out,
and which already includes eleven volumes. Mrs. Kennard deals with her
subject much more amiably than one or two of the other biographers have
done. She has none of those vindictive feelings which are so obvious in
Madame B.'s narrative of the great tragedienne. On the contrary, she
wants to be fair, and she probably is as fair as the materials which came into
her possession enabled her to be. The endeavor has been made to show us
Rachel as she really was, by relying to a great extent upon her letters. . . .
A good many stories that we are familiar with are repeated, and some are
contradicted. From first to last, however, the sympathy of the author is
ardent, whether she recounts the misery of Rachel's childhood, or the splen-
did altitude to which she climbed when her name echoed through the world
and the great ones '"of the earth vied in doing her homage. On this account
Mrs, Kennard's book is a welcome addition to the pre-existing biographies
of one of the greatest actresses the world ever saw." N. Y. Evening

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" So far as it has been published, and it has now reached its ninth volume, the
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of the women with whom it deals, literary women, like Maria Edgeworth,
Margaret Fuller, Mary Lamb, Emily Bronte, George Eliot, and George Sand ;
women of the world (not to mention the other parties in that well-known Scrip-
tural firm), like the naughty but fascinating Countess of Albany ; and women of
philanthropy, of which the only example given here so far is Mrs. Elizabeth
Fry, one has but to compare the intellectual qualities of the majority of English
men of letters to perceive that the former are the most difficult to handle, and
that a series of which they are the heroines is, if successful, a remarkable col-
lection of biographies. We thought so as we read Miss Blind's study of George
Sand, and Vernon Lee's study of the Countess of Albany, and we think so now
that we have read Mrs. Elizabeth Robins Pennell's study of Mary Wollstone-
craft, who, with all her faults, was an honor to her sex. She was not so consid-
ered while she lived, except by those who knew her well, nor for years after her
death ; but she is so considered now, even by the granddaughters of the good
ladies who so bitterly condemned her when the century was new. She was
notable for the sacrifices that she made for her worthless father and her weak,
inefficient sisters, for her dogged persistence and untiring industry, and for her
independence and her courage. The soul of goodness was in her, though she
would be herself and go on her own way ; and if she loved not wisely, according
to the world's creed, she loved too well for her own happiness, and paid the
penalty of suffering. What she might have been if she had not met Capt.
Gilbert Imlay, who was a scoundrel, and William Godwin, who was a philosopher,
can only be conjectured. She was a force in literature and in the enfranchise-
ment of her sisterhood, and as such was worthy of the remembrance which she
will long retain through Mrs. Pennell's able memoir." R. H. Stoddard, in tht
Mail and Express.

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" It is no disparagement to the many excellent previous sketches to say that
4 The Countess of Albany,' by Vernon Lee, is decidedly the cleverest of the series
of biographies of ' Famous Women,' published in this country by Roberts Brothers,
Boston. In the present instance there is a freer subject, a little farther removed
from contemporary events, and sufficiently out of the way of prejudice to admit of
a lucid handling. Moreover, there is a trained hand at the work, and a mind
not only familiar with and in sympathy with the character under discussion, but
also at home with the ruling forces of the eighteenth century, which were the forces
that made the Countess of Albany what she was. The biography is really dual, trac-
ing the life of Alfieri, for twenty-five years the heart and soul companion of the
Countess, quite as carefully as it traces that of the fixed subject of the sketch."
Philadelphia Times.

"To be unable altogether to acquiesce in Vernon Lee's portrait of Louise of
Stolberg does not militate against our sense of the excellence of her work. Her
pictures of eighteenth-century Italy are definite and brilliant. They are instinct
with a quality that is akin to magic." London Academy.

" In the records of famous women preserved in the interesting series which
has been devoted to such noble characters as Margaret Fuller, Elizabeth Fry, and
George Eliot, the life of the Countess of Albany holds a unique place. Louise of
Albany, or Louise R., as she liked to sign herself, possessed a character famed,
not for domestic virtues, nor even for peculiar wisdom and creative power, but
rather notorious for an easy-going indifference to conventionality and a worldly
wisdom and cynicism. Her life, which is a singular exponent of the false ideas
prevalent upon the subject of love and marriage in the eighteenth century, is told
by Vernon Lee in a vivid and discriminating manner. The biography is one of
the most fascinating, if the most sorrowful, of the series." Boston Journal,

" She is the first really historical character who has appeared on the literary
horizon of this particular series, her predecessors having been limited to purely
literary women. This brilliant little biography is strongly written. Unlike pre-
ceding writers German, French, and English on the same subject, the author
does not hastily pass over the details of the Platonic relations that existed between
the Countess and the celebrated Italian poet 'Alfieri.' In this biography the
details of that passionate friendship are given with a fidelity to truth, and a knowl-
edge of its nature, that is based upon the strictest and most conscientious inves-
tigation, and access to means heretofore unattainable to other biographers. The
history of this friendship is not only exceedingly interesting, but it presents a
fascinating psychological study to those who are interested in the metaphysical
aspect of human nature. The book is almost as much of a biography of ' Alfieri '
as it is of the wife of the Pretender, who expected to become the Queen of Eng-
land." Hartford Times.

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" In the records of famous women there are few more noble examples of
Christian womanhood and philanthropic enthusiasm than the life of Elizabeth
Fry presents. Her character was beautifully rounded and complete, and if she
had not won fame through her public benefactions, she would have been no less
esteemed and remembered by all who knew her because of her domestic virtues,
her sweet womanly charms, and the wisdom, purity, and love which marked her
conduct as wife, mother, and friend. She came of that sound old Quaker stock
which has bred so many eminent men and women. The time came when her
home functions could no longer satisfy the yearnings of a heart filled with the
tenderest pity for all who suffered ; and her work was not far to seek. The prisons
of England, nay, of all Europe, were in a deplorable condition. In Newgate,
dirt, disease, starvation, depravity, drunkenness, &c., prevailed. All who sur-
veyed the situation regarded it as hopeless ; all but Mrs. Fry. She saw here the
opening she had been awaiting. Into this seething mass she bravely entered,
Bible in hand, and love and pity in her eyes and upon her lips. If any one
should ask which of all the famous women recorded in this series did the most .
practical good in her day and generation, the answer must be, Elizabeth Fry."
New York Tribune.

" Mrs. Pitman has written a very interesting and appreciative sketch of the ;
life, character, and eminent services in the causes of humanity of one of Eng-
land's most famous philanthropists. She was known as the prison philanthropist,
and probably no laborer in the cause of prison reform ever won a larger share of I
success, and certainly none ever received a larger meed of reverential love. Nol
one can read this volume without feelings of admiration for the noble woman who
devoted her life to befriend sinful and suffering humanity." Chicago Evening

" The story of her splendid and successful philanthropy is admirably told by 1
her biographer, and every reader should find in the tale a breath of inspiration. I
Not every woman can become an Elizabeth Fry, but no one can fail to be im-i
pressed with the thought that no woman, however great her talent and ambition,
can fail to find opportunity to do a noble work in life without neglecting her own
feminine duties, without ceasing to dignify all the distinctive virtues of her sexi
without fretting and crying aloud over the restrictions placed on woman's field of
work." Eclectic Monthly.

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and intellectual leadership, by the woman who wrote the Battle Hymn of the
Republic, is a literary event of no common or transient interest. The Famous
Women Series will have no worthier subject and no more illustrious biographer.
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full of inspiration." Woman's Journal.

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Women Series of Messrs. Roberts Brothers, is a work which has been looked for
with curiosity. It will not disappoint expectation. She has made a brilliant and
an interesting book. Her study of Margaret Fuller's character is thoroughly
sympathetic ; her relation of her life is done in a graphic and at times a fascinating
manner. It is the case of one woman of strong individuality depicting the points
which made another one of the most marked characters of her day. It is always
agreeable to follow Mrs. Howe in this ; for while we see marks of her own mind
constantly, there is no inartistic protrusion of her personality. The book is always
readable, and the relation of the death-scene is thrillingly impressive." Satur-
day Gazette.

"Mrs. Julia Ward Howe has retold the story of Margaret Fuller's life and
career in a very interesting manner. This remarkable woman was happy in
having James Freeman Clarke, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and William Henry
Channing, all of whom had been intimate with her and had felt the spell of her
extraordinary personal influence, for her biographers. It is needless to say, of
course, that nothing could be better than these reminiscences in their way."
New York World.

"The selection of Mrs. Howe as the writer of this biography was a happy
thought on the part of the editor of the series ; for, aside from the natural appre-
ciation she would have for Margaret Fuller, comes her knowledge of all the
influences that had their effect on Margaret Fuller's life. She tells the story of
Margaret Fuller's interesting life from all sources and from her own knowledge,
not hesitating to use plenty of quotations when she felt that others, or even
Margaret Fuller herself, had done the work better." Miss Gilder, in Philadel-
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reader with vague theories ; nor does it give over much expression to the enthu-
siasm not to say baseless encomium for which too many female biographers
have accustomed us to look. It is a simple and discriminative sketch of one of
the most clever and lovable of the class at whom Carlyle sneered as ' scribbling
women.' ... Of Maria Edgeworth, the woman, one cannot easily say too
much in praise. That home life, so loving, so wise, and so helpful, was beautiful
to its end. Miss Zimmern has treated it with delicate appreciation. Her book
is refined in conception and tasteful in execution, all, in short, the cynic might
say, that we expect a woman's book to be." New York Tribune.

" It was high time that we should possess an adequate biography of this orna-
ment and general benefactor of her time. And so we hail with uncommon pleas-
ure the volume just published in the Roberts Brothers' series of Famous Women,
of which it is the sixth. We have only words of praise for the manner in which
Miss Zimmern has written her life of Maria Edgeworth. It exhibits sound
judgment, critical analysis, and clear characterization. . . . The style of the
volume is pure, limpid, and strong, as we might expect from a well-trained Eng-
lish writer." Margaret J. Preston, in the Home Journal.

" We can heartily recommend this life of Maria Edgeworth, not only because it
is singularly readable in itself, but because it makes familiar to readers of the
present age a notable figure in English literary history, with whose lineaments
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