- a new work of short fiction in an Anglican parish publication and credited to Evelyn Whitaker. I've long suspected that she first published in religious press. I also have hints of a couple of other similar publications to chase.
- a listing of her name in a church history: Christ Church, Saint Pancras, London
- which strongly suggests an association with Cristina and Maria Rossetti which accounts for the presence of painters in a number of Whitaker's writings and perhaps for the Pre-
Raphaelite illustration on the cover of the 1886 Walter Smith edition of Tip Cat bookbinding exhibit of library University North Texas
- the repository of records for Roberts Brothers (Boston) who were the authorized publishers of Evelyn Whitaker's works in the USA. Catalog information notes re. endorsed royalty checks indicate a variant spelling "Whittaker" which may facilitate biographical research. A trip to Boston is in my future.
- so I'll have a lot of updating of my website: http://evelynwhitakerlibrary.org/index.html
I've done a major review of the medical literature re. myasthenia gravis for a private client.
I'm reading a lot of Britsh Women Authors preparing for the BWWA conference at TAMU in April:
- Mary Augusta Ward 1851-1920 a prolific and best selling writer of novels with religious themes and Victorian ideals. She was one of the founders of the Women's National Anti-Suffrage League. For more information: Wikipedia Mary Augusta Arnold (Mrs. Humphry Ward)
Ward, Mary Augusta (Mrs. Humphry): The Mating of Lydia. 1913. Kindle. Project Gutenberg. Is friendship without romantic love possible between men and women? A look at the New Woman who turns out to be the old Victorian ideal of woman as "redeemer" of man. Like Robert Elsmere this book has a strong villan, an older man attempting to destroy the faith/self of a younger/better man.
- Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, 1810-1865, biographer of Charolotte Bronte and author of the delightful Cranford which was popularized in the 2007 BBC production, has been one of my favorite authors for some time now. Her religious views are Unitarian in the best sense as one who seeks common ground and unity among people of good will. Victorian Web: Elizabeth Gaskell Wikipedia Elizabeth Gaskell beautiful portraits of her
- Marie Corelli, 1855 -1924, the People's Choice of her time, the best-selling author in both Britian and America, although not greatly admired or appreciated by academic readers. Her writing style is over-the-top, laden with sensationalism and emotionalism. She presents an odd mix of religion/Christianity with theories of parallel universes, astral projection, and reincarnation. I find Corelli's scientific knowledge shallow and pretentious. Any writer who was so widely read and wildly popular must be considered interesting, but I did not much enjoy nor do I recommend Corelli. VictorianWeb Marie Corelli mariecorelli.org/
Corelli, Marie: A Romance of Two Worlds. 1886 Kindle. Project Gutenberg. The author's first novel deals with art and music and parallel universes. She attributes much (too much) to ELECTRICITY, particularly to "human electricity" This book reminds me of John Fowles The Magus and Emily Bronte Wuthering Heights and magical realism, best represented by Isabel Allende and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
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Foster, Thomas C.: How to Read Novels Like a Professor. A jaunty exploration of the world's favorite litereary form. New York: Harper, 2008. I'm still nibbling this book. In addition to being helpful to students preparing to attend or taking college literature classes, I think it would be helpful to writers.