Geraldine Jewsbury

Standard Name: Jewsbury, Geraldine
Birth Name: Geraldine Endsor Jewsbury
During her life, Geraldine Jewsbury wrote six novels and two books for children. Widely published in Victorian periodicals, she was a respected reviewer, editor, and translator. Her periodical publications ranged from theatre reviews, short fiction, and children's literature to articles on social issues and religion. GJ greatly influenced the Victorian publishing industry and public taste through her position as reviewer for the Athenæum and her role as reader for publishers Richard Bentley and Son and Hurst and Blackett .


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death Jane Welsh Carlyle
She had planned to host a tea-party whose guests were to include Geraldine Jewsbury , John Ruskin , the J. A. Froude and his second wife , and Margaret Oliphant . Ruskin was not told...
Family and Intimate relationships Constance Garnett
Before her marriage, CG 's mother, Clara (Patten) Black , daughter of the successful portrait-painter George Patten , moved in artistic and intellectual circles and was a friend of Jane Welsh Carlyle and Geraldine Jewsbury
Family and Intimate relationships Maria Jane Jewsbury
Maria's siblings were, from eldest to youngest, Thomas (who assisted his father at the insurance company), Henry (a druggist who marketed Jewsbury's Toothpaste and Jewsbury's Celebrated Ginger Beer),
Howe, Susanne. Geraldine Jewsbury: Her Life and Errors. George Allen and Unwin.
Geraldine (the writer, publisher's reader...
Family and Intimate relationships Maria Jane Jewsbury
Her sister Geraldine was her bridesmaid and Felicia Hemans ' brother-in-law, the Rev. H. Hughes , performed the ceremony, during which MJJ is reported to have uttered the terrible obey, with edifying distinctness.
Gillett, Eric, and Maria Jane Jewsbury. “Maria Jane Jewsbury: A Memoir”. Maria Jane Jewsbury: Occasional Papers, Oxford University Press, p. xiii - lxvii.
Espinasse, Francis, and Francis Espinasse. “Maria Jane Jewsbury”. Lancashire Worthies: Second Series, Simpkin, Marshall; John Heywood, pp. 323-39.
Howe, Susanne. Geraldine Jewsbury: Her Life and Errors. George Allen and Unwin.
Family and Intimate relationships Clementina Black
The marriage of CB 's mother, then Clara Patten , to David Black in 1849 was made against her father's wishes. The marriage effectively ended Clara's participation in intellectual and artistic circles, which had included...
Family and Intimate relationships Thomas Carlyle
In April 1866, Jane Carlyle died during a coach ride in Hyde Park. TC was healing a sprained ankle in Edinburgh and could not immediately return. Geraldine Jewsbury was called on to identify the...
Fictionalization Frances Burney
Bibliographer James Raven notes a crescendo in novelistic echoes of FB 's works during the 1780s. Burney's brother Charles , for instance, noted borrowings from both Evelina and Cecilia in his review for the Monthly...
Friends, Associates Frances Power Cobbe
Friends, Associates Elizabeth Gaskell
EG was glad to escape the storm of controversy that her novel had raised in Manchester, and to be feted in London. She already knew Mary Howitt and Geraldine Jewsbury (who lived in Manchester). Although...
Friends, Associates Jane Welsh Carlyle
Geraldine Jewsbury 's stay with the Carlyles at their home in Chelsea marked the beginning of her lifelong friendship with JWC .
Carlyle, Jane Welsh. Jane Welsh Carlyle: A New Selection of Her Letters. Editor Bliss, Trudy, Victor Gollancz.
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...
Friends, Associates Matilda Hays
By her twenties, MH was well-acquainted with several prominent figures in England's social, political, and literary scene. Her circle included Mary Howitt , Eliza Meteyard , William Charles Macready , Samuel Laurence , Geraldine Jewsbury
Friends, Associates Sarah Tytler
ST 's career as a writer introduced her to many leading literary figures (especially those of Scots origin) whom she entertainingly describes in Three Generations.
Tytler, Sarah. Three Generations. J. Murray.
She became an especially good friend of Dinah Mulock Craik
Friends, Associates Camilla Crosland
CC 's friends and acquaintances were varying and numerous. In her youth the radical politician John Cartwright was a neighbour. Her literary work as an adult led to the formation of a number of lasting...
Friends, Associates Felicia Hemans
FH 's literary correspondents and friends included Grace Aguilar , Joanna Baillie (whose Beacon she recalled reading when very young), and Mary Howitt .
Elwood, Anne Katharine. Memoirs of the Literary Ladies of England, from the Commencement of the Last Century. Henry Colburn.
Chorley, Henry Fothergill. Memorials of Mrs. Hemans. Saunders and Otley.
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She was acquainted with Maria Jane Jewsbury ...


2 January 1828: The first issue of the Athenæum, founded...

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2 January 1828

The first issue of the Athenæum, founded by James Silk Buckingham , appeared.

3 June 1829: Publisher Henry Colburn went into partnership...

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3 June 1829

Publisher Henry Colburn went into partnership with Richard Bentley (1794 - ­1871) (who, in order to do this, had just dissolved the partnership between himself and his brother Samuel Bentley as printers).

January 1845: Douglas Jerrold's Shilling Magazine began...

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January 1845

Douglas Jerrold 's Shilling Magazine began publication at the Punch office; this short-lived radical journal addressed the masses of England.

December 1855: Barbara Leigh Smith, later Bodichon, founded...

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December 1855

Barbara Leigh Smith , later Bodichon, founded the Married Women's Property Committee (sometimes called the Women's Committee) to draw up a petition for a married women's property bill.

14 March 1856: A petition for Reform of the Married Women's...

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14 March 1856

A petitionfor Reform of the Married Women's Property Law, organized by the Married Women's Property Committee and signed by many prominent women, was presented to both Houses of Parliament.

By mid-April 1856: Frances Margaret Taylor published as a Lady...

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By mid-April 1856

Frances Margaret Taylor published as a Lady VolunteerEastern Hospitals and English Nurses: the Narrative of Twelve Months' Experience in the Hospitals of Koulali and Scutari.
British Library Catalogue.

1885: Actress Helen Faucit (who had become Lady...

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Actress Helen Faucit (who had become Lady Martin when her husband was knighted in 1880) published On Some of Shakespeare 's Female Characters, a collection of essays that first appeared in Blackwood's.


Jewsbury, Geraldine, and John Absolon. Angelo; or, The Pine Forest in the Alps. Grant and Griffith, 1856.
Jewsbury, Geraldine. Constance Herbert. Hurst and Blackett, 1855.
Ireland, Annie Elizabeth et al. “Introduction”. Selections from the Letters of Geraldine Endsor Jewsbury to Jane Welsh Carlyle, Longmans, Green, 1892, p. v - xviii.
Jewsbury, Geraldine, and Jane Welsh Carlyle. Jewsbury. The Collected Writings of Geraldine Jewsbury (1812-1880). Adam Matthew, 1994.
Sydney Owenson, Lady Morgan,. Lady Morgan’s Memoirs. Editors Dixon, William Hepworth and Geraldine Jewsbury, W. H. Allen, 1862.
Sydney Owenson, Lady Morgan,. Lady Morgan’s Memoirs. Editors Dixon, William Hepworth and Geraldine Jewsbury, AMS Press, 1975.
Jewsbury, Geraldine. Marian Withers. Colburn, 1851.
Jewsbury, Geraldine. Right or Wrong. Hurst and Blackett, 1859.
Jewsbury, Geraldine, and Jane Welsh Carlyle. Selections from the Letters of Geraldine Endsor Jewsbury to Jane Welsh Carlyle. Editor Ireland, Annie Elizabeth, Longmans, Green, 1892.
Jewsbury, Geraldine. The Half Sisters. Chapman and Hall, 1848.
Jewsbury, Geraldine. The History of an Adopted Child. Grant and Griffith, 1853.
Jewsbury, Geraldine. The Sorrows of Gentility. Hurst and Blackett, 1856.
Jewsbury, Geraldine. Zoe. Chapman and Hall, 1845.