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Oliphant, Margaret.
The Heir Presumptive and the Heir Apparent.
London: Macmillan, 1892. Margaret Oliphant (1828-1897) was born in Scotland. Her first novel, Passages in the Life of Margaret Maitland (1849) attracted the attention of both Charles Dickens and Charlotte Bront‘. She worked extensively for the publishing firm of BlackwoodÕs, becoming as she described it the Ògeneral utility woman,Ó sometimes contributing as much as one third of their periodical. In later life she became the friend of Thomas Carlyle. As the sole breadwinner responsible for an alcoholic brother and several children, she wrote constantly to make ends meet, and her publications numbered around ninety. At the end of her life, she regarded her work as generally a failure. Her tales of the supernatural, however, have recently been republished and are highly regarded. Tennyson, Gladstone and Darwin all praised her work. Three volumes, twelvemo. viii, 267; [4], 258; [4], 264 + 44 pp. publisher's catalogue. Publisher's green diaper cloth. Spine and covers stamped in gilt. Spines cocked, endpapers foxed, back hinge of Volume III cracked. A very good copy. First edition of a scarce book. This title eluded Sadleir, and OCLC lists six copies in American libraries. "The herculean fictional outputÉundoubtedly shows her ability to gauge changing fashion: the novels span social concern, Scottish tales, the Gothic, the sensational, the historical, provincial sagas, and quieter psychological studies. They equally reveal her as creator as much as creation of her literary milieu: the voracious reading involved in her twenty-five works of non-fiction and over three hundred period … [Click Below for Full Description]
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