Lucie Duff Gordon

Standard Name: Duff Gordon, Lucie
Birth Name: Lucie Austin
Married Name: Lucie Duff Gordon
Titled: Lucie, Lady Duff Gordon
Indexed Name: Lucie, Lady Duff-Gordon
Nickname: Toodie
Indexed Name: Lucie Duff Gordon
Used Form: Lucy Duff Gordon
Used Form: Lady Duff Gordon
LDG , 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.
Bloom, Abigail Burnham, editor. Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers. Greenwood Press, 2000.
Black and white, head-and-shoulders sketch of Lucie Duff Gordon  in profile by George Frederic Watts, c. 1848, used as frontispiece to Duff Gordon's "Letters From Egypt", 1865. She sits in an armchair, facing to the left, wearing a loose gown with a high neckline, and her smooth hair is pulled back into a low bun.  Below is her signature, "Lucie Duff Gordon".
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Family and Intimate relationships Elinor Glyn
James Wallace , husband of EG 's sister Lucy , gambled and drank their money away. Lucy finally divorced him in 1889; her mother paid for the divorce with the little money that David Kennedy...
Family and Intimate relationships Elizabeth Rigby
Sir Edward Parry , the Arctic explorer, was ER 's cousin; his mother was her paternal aunt. On her father's side she was also related to writer Lucie Duff Gordon . Through her mother's sister...
Family and Intimate relationships Sarah Austin
On 24 June 1821, Lucie Austin (the future writer Lady Duff Gordon) was born to SA and John Austin . She was their only child. Financial uncertainty prevented them from increasing their family. As her...
Family and Intimate relationships Sarah Austin
Another blow was the departure from England on 19 July 1861 of Lucie Duff Gordon , her only child. Lucie was following doctor's orders in seeking a warmer climate, and she returned to England only...
Friends, Associates Caroline Clive
CC remained a close friend of her early passion Catherine Gore .
Blain, Virginia, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford, 1990.
She was also acquainted with Mary Russell Mitford , whom she described as priggy,
Clive, Caroline. Caroline Clive. Clive, MaryEditor , Bodley Head, 1949.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning ,
Blain, Virginia, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford, 1990.
and Harriet Martineau
Friends, Associates George Meredith
GM knew the poets Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Algernon Swinburne —he sometimes stayed with them while in London. He also knew Emma Caroline Wood , Lucie Duff Gordon , Leslie Stephen , Anne Thackeray Ritchie
Friends, Associates Caroline Norton
In the mid-1840s CN acquired some new friends: biographer John Gibson Lockhart , author Alexander William Kinglake , rising young statesman Sidney Herbert (direct descendant of the Countess of Pembroke ), and the intellectual translator...
Friends, Associates William Makepeace Thackeray
WMT was close to both of his surviving daughters, and was particularly proud when Anne 's first publication, the article Little Scholars, which appeared anonymously in the Cornhill Magazine. He was a sociable...
Intertextuality and Influence Emily Faithfull
The novel brings together the fashionable upper-class society which EF had experienced in her youth, with the question of women's employment which was the burning issue of her working life. She acknowledges the work of...
Literary responses Emily Eden
The Athenæum reported: A brighter book of travel we have not seen for many a day. It likened EE 's style to that of Lucie Duff Gordon and her wit, satire, and suggestion to those...
Textual Production Sarah Austin
Later, in 1865 she edited Letters from Egypt, 1863-1865, by her daughter, Lucie Duff Gordon . In the preface, SA asserts that the Englishwoman with a pitiful and helpful hand has the capability of...
Textual Production Henry James
Although HJ is best remembered as a novelist, he was also a prolific and insightful critic of literature and the arts. Over the course of his career he reviewed many novels by British women writers...
Textual Production Jane Francesca, Lady Wilde
The full title was Sidonia the Sorceress, The Supposed Destroyer of the Whole Reigning Ducal House of Pomerania. In 1894 an edition appeared containing both her translation of Sidonia and Lucie Duff Gordon 's...
Textual Production Sarah Austin
Janet Ross , SA 's grand-daughter, published Three Generations of Englishwomen: Memoirs and Correspondence of Mrs. John Taylor , Mrs. Sarah Austin , and Lady Duff Gordon.
Athenæum. J. Lection.
3190 (1888): 805
Textual Production Sarah Austin
In 1843 SA 's name first appeared as an editor on a translation from German: Stories of the Gods and Heroes of Greece told by B. Niebuhr to his son. SA edited the work...


Late August 1833
An English ship, the Amphitrite, carrying women convicts for transportation in New South Wales, ran aground off the coast of northern France, near Boulogne. There were only four survivors among the 131 people on board.
By Christmas 1869
Francis Galton , mathematician, scientist, and eugenicist, published Hereditary Genius: An Enquiry into its Laws and Consequences,