Lady Jane Wilde’s Letters to Mr. John Hilson, 1847-1876: A Critical Edition

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This work presents the letters of Lady Jane Wilde whose affinity for letter-writing, over a period of thirty years, is captured in her correspondence with a Scot, Mr. John Hilson, whom she only met once during a visit to the Borders. This book contains five color photographs.


“Karen Tipper’s painstaking and meticulous reconstruction of the letters has shed light on an aspect of Jane’s life and character that was heretofore unknown. Her publications have raised Jane Wilde from oblivion and have given her life and works the place they deserve in literary history.” – Prof. Mary A. Trottier, Nichols College

“The letters are very revealing of Jane’s intellect, ambition, and accomplishments and also the environment she created for her children that must have encouraged their own intellectual development.” – Prof. Matthew Hobsen, Loyola University

Table of Contents

Lady Wilde’s letters in chronological order:
Appendix I. A Brief Chronology of Jane Elgee Wilde’s Life
Appendix II. A Brief Chronology of Mr. John Hilson’s Life
Appendix III. Simplified family tree of the Elgees, Waddys, and Renwicks
Appendix IIV. Simplified family tree showing connections between the Waddys, Hilsons, Renwicks, Grants, and Scotts
Bibliography Index

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