Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Broughton, Rhoda
Birth Name: Rhoda Broughton
Pseudonym: The Author of Cometh up as a Flower
Beginning as a scandalous sensationalist known for describing with unparalleled frankness
Terry, Reginald Charles. Victorian Popular Fiction, 1860-80. Humanities Press, 1983.
young women falling in love, RB
became, in her later one-volume works, an assured writer of witty tales of English manners. Producing novels and the occasional short story in a fifty-year career which extended well into the twentieth century, she reveals a keen eye for social mores and an ironic treatment of the conventions of romantic love.
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According to Percy Lubbock
and her sisters entertained often and were charming and successful hostesses. Mary was nevertheless said to be a shy and modest woman who, while she found writing tedious, enjoyed...
Marie Belloc Lowndes
Her literary friends of a generation before her own included George Meredith
, Rhoda Broughton
, and Henry James
. She participated in the friendship of the two last-named by being regularly at Broughton's house...
Through her youngest sister AS
met many key figures of the day, including Irish Home-Rule leader Charles Stewart Parnell
(Katherine O'Shea's long-term lover and eventual husband), and Justin McCarthy
, novelist and Irish Home-Rule MP...
wrote to Charlotte Yonge
a few years later, lamenting: oh! what a pity it is that we are all growing old who have had such happy happy times with one another.
Ritchie, Anne Thackeray. Anne Thackeray Ritchie: Journals and Letters. Editors Bloom, Abigail Burnham and John Maynard, Ohio State University Press, 1994.
She exchanged letters with both George Augustin Macmillan
and Sir George Grove
. Her social circle while she was visiting London included a surprisingly large number of literary names. Rhoda Broughton
was a friend of...