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Lucie Duff Gordon, mid-Victorian translator, letter-writer, and travel-writer, published ten translations undertaken to help support her family. Her three volumes of travel letters were not originally intended for publication, and perhaps owe their honest style and natural tone to this very fact. Her work is occasionally discussed in essays on Victorian women travel writers. Its comparative neglect may be, as one source suggests, "due to her complexities rather than to her failings." Bibliographic Citation link.
24 June 1821 Lucie Austin (later LDG), only child of Sarah and John Austin, was born at the then 1 Queen Square in London. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
1843 LDG's first publication appeared: an anonymous translation of Barthold Niebuhr's Stories of the Gods and Heroes of Greece. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 10 June 1865 Lucie Duff Gordon published her best-known work, Letters from Egypt, 1863-65. Bibliographic Citation link.
14 July 1869 LDG died at Boulak in Egypt, of tuberculosis. Bibliographic Citation link.
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