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than they ought to be." Eclectic.

" This biography contains several letters and papers by Miss Edgeworth that
have not before been made public, notably some charming letters written during
the latter part of her life to Dr. Holland and Mr. and Mrs. Ticknor. The author
had access to a life of Miss Edgeworth written by her step-mother, as well as to a
large collection of her private letters, and has therefore been-'able to bring forward
many facts in her life which have not been noted by other writers. The book is
written in a pleasant vein, and is altogether a delightful one to read." Utica

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women of England and America are accustomed to live, and as the worst of men
are glad to have them live. . . . Whatever may be said against it, its result on
George Sand was not what it would have been upon an English ""- 1 '^ 3 "

woman of genius." New York Mail and Express.

" The biography of this famous woman, by Miss Thomas, is the only one in
existence. Those who have awaited it with pleasurable anticipation, but with
some trepidation as to the treatment of the erratic side of her character, cannot
fail to be pleased with the skill by which it is done. It is the best production on
George Sand that has yet been published. The author modestly refers to it as a
sketch, which it undoubtedly is, but a sketch that gives a just and discriminating
analysis of George Sand's life, tastes, occupations, and of the motives and impulses
which prompted her unconventional actions, that were misunderstood by a narrow
public. The difficulties encountered by the writer in describing this remarkable
character are shown in the first line of the opening chapter, which says, ' In nam-
ing George Sand we name something more exceptional than even a great genius.'
That tells the whole story. Misconstruction, condemnation, and isolation are the
penalties enforced upon the great leaders in the realm of advanced thought, by
the bigoted people of their time. The thinkers soar beyond the common herd,
whose soul-wings are not strong enough to fly aloft to clearer atmospheres, and
consequently they censure or ridicule what they are powerless to reach. George
Sand, even to a greater extent than her contemporary, George Eliot, was a victim
to ignorant social prejudices, but even the conservative world was forced to recog-
nize the matchless genius of these two extraordinary women, each widely different
in her character and method of thought and writing. . . . She has told much that
is good which has been untold, and just what will interest the reader, and no more,
^Ji the same easy, entertaining style that characterizes all of these unpretentious
jiographies." Hartford Times.

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" Miss Robinson has written a fascinating biography. . . . Emily Bronte is
interesting, not because she wrote ' Wuthering Heights,' but because of her
brave, baffled, human life, so lonely, so full of pain, but with a great hope shining
beyond all the darkness, and a passionate defiance in bearing more than the
burdens that were laid upon her. The story of the three sisters is infinitely sad,
but it is the ennobling sadness that belongs to large natures cramped and striving
for freedom to heroic, almost desperate, work, with little or no result. The author
of this intensely interesting, sympathetic, and eloquent biography, is a young lady
and a poet, to whom a place is given in a recent anthojogy of living English poets,
which is supposed to contain only the best poems of the best writers." Boston
Daily Advertiser.

represent her as she was,' says Miss Robinson, ' would be her noblest and most
fitting monument.' . . . Emily Bronte here becomes well known to us and, in one
sense, this should be praise enough for any biography." New York Times.

"The biographer who finds such material before him as the lives and characters
of the Bronte family need have no anxiety as to the interest of his work. Char-
acters not only strong but so uniquely strong, genius so supreme, misfortunes so
overwhelming, set in its scenery so forlornly picturesque, could not fail to attract
all readers, if told even in the most prosaic language. When we add to this, that
Miss Robinson has told their story not in prosaic language, but with a literary
style exhibiting all the qualities essential to good biography, our readers will
understand that this life of Emily Bronte is not only as interesting as a novel, but
a great deal more interesting than most novels. As it presents most vividly a
general picture of the family, there seems hardly a reason for giving it Emily's name
alone, except perhaps for the masterly chapters on ' Wuthering Heights,' which
the reader will find a grateful condensation of the best in that powerful but some-
what forbidding story. We know of no point in the Bronte history their genius,
their surroundings, their faults, their happiness, their misery, their love and friend-
ships, their peculiarities, their power, their gentleness, their patience, their pride,
which Miss Robinson has not touched upon with conscientiousness and sym-
pathy." The Critic.

" * Emily Bronte ' is the second of the ' Famous Women Series,' which Roberts
Brothers, Boston, propose to publish, and of which ' George Eliot ' was the initial
volume. Not the least remarkable of a very remarkable family, the personage
whose life is here written, possesses a peculiar interest to all who are at all familiar
with the sad and singular history of herself and her sister Charlotte. That the
author, Miss A. Mary F. Robinson, has done her work with minute fidelity to
facts as well as affectionate devotion to the subject of her sketch, is plainly to be
seen all through the book." Washington Post.

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