Rhoda Broughton

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.
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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Dedications Anne Thackeray Ritchie
ATR 's collection of previously published reminiscences and literary criticism appeared as From the Porch, dedicated to Rhoda Broughton .
Ritchie, Anne Thackeray. From the Porch. Books for Libraries Press.
Education Stella Gibbons
SG learned to read fairly late, but then read voraciously. The glowing Eastern landscapes and brilliant figures
Oliver, Reggie. Out of the Woodshed: A Portrait of Stella Gibbons. Bloomsbury.
of Disraeli 's Alroy and Thomas Moore 's Lalla Rookh made a particular impression. She also developed...
Fictionalization Geraldine Jewsbury
Rhoda Broughton 's 1894 novel A Beginner contains a satirical portrait of GJ in the figure of Miss Grimshaw, who reviews fiction with a tomahawk.
Shattock, Joanne. The Oxford Guide to British Women Writers. Oxford University Press.
Fryckstedt, Monica Correa. Geraldine Jewsbury’s Athenaeum Reviews: A Mirror of Mid-Victorian Attitudes to Fiction. S. Academiae Ubsaliensis.
Friends, Associates Mary Howitt
Visitors who stayed with the Howitts at The Elms included Hans Christian Andersen , Tennyson , Elizabeth Gaskell , and Eliza Meteyard , who wrote as Silver Pen. Their circle also included Charles Dickens
Friends, Associates Henry James
HJ 's circle of acquaintance in the world of letters and the theatre was very wide. As well as men of letters such as Edmund Gosse , it included a great many women writers, among...
Friends, Associates Matthew Arnold
MA was acquainted with Charlotte Brontë and wrote a poem dedicated to her following her death. He also knew Rhoda Broughton , Emily Davies , and Harriet Martineau .
Friends, Associates Mary Elizabeth Braddon
The Maxwells had frequent house guests and entertained regularly at both their houses. Later friends and acquaintances included Robert Browning , Mary Cholmondeley , Sir Arthur Conan Doyle , Ford Madox Ford , Thomas Hardy
Friends, Associates Anne Thackeray Ritchie
ATR 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.
She uttered...
Friends, Associates May Laffan
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...
Friends, Associates Anne Thackeray Ritchie
In London ATR connected or re-connected with friends including Kipling , Robert Louis Stevenson , Sidney Lee , Arnold Bennett , and Rhoda Broughton .
Gérin, Winifred. Anne Thackeray Ritchie: A Biography. Oxford University Press.
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Friends, Associates Emily Lawless
Lawless made a number of other friends, acquaintances, and admirers through her writing, including Margaret Oliphant , an early friend and critic, Rhoda Broughton , George Meredith , Aubrey de Vere , Mary Augusta Ward
Friends, Associates Mary Cholmondeley
According to Percy Lubbock , MC 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...
Friends, Associates 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...
Friends, Associates Anna Steele
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...
Friends, Associates Marie Belloc Lowndes
MBL was an early member of Mary Cholmondeley 's Give and Take Club for women writers, and a founding member of another women's luncheon club, the Thirty . This included women from all walks of...


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).

1879: Emily Francis Pattison (later Emilia Dilke)...

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Emily Francis Pattison (later Emilia Dilke) published (as E. F. S. Pattison) The Renaissance of Art in France.

1898: The publishing firm of Richard Bentley and...

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The publishing firm of Richard Bentley and Son , dating from 1 September 1832, was sold for eight thousand pounds to Macmillan .


Broughton, Rhoda. "Good-bye, Sweetheart!". Richard Bentley, 1872.
Broughton, Rhoda. A Beginner. B. Tauchnitz, 1894.
Broughton, Rhoda. A Beginner. Richard Bentley and Son, 1894.
Broughton, Rhoda, and Marie Belloc Lowndes. A Fool in Her Folly. Odhams, 1920.
Broughton, Rhoda. Belinda. Belford, Clarke, 1883.
Broughton, Rhoda. Belinda. Richard Bentley and Son, 1883.
Broughton, Rhoda. Cometh Up as a Flower. Richard Bentley, 1867.
Broughton, Rhoda. Dear Faustina. Richard Bentley and Son, 1897.
Broughton, Rhoda. Foes in Law. Macmillan, 1900.
Broughton, Rhoda. Mrs. Bligh. Richard Bentley and Son, 1892.
Broughton, Rhoda. Nancy. Richard Bentley and Son, 1873.
Broughton, Rhoda. Not Wisely, but Too Well. B. Tauchnitz, 1867.
Broughton, Rhoda. Not Wisely, but Too Well. Tinsley, 1867.
Broughton, Rhoda. Red as a Rose is She. Richard Bentley, 1870.
Broughton, Rhoda. Red as a Rose is She. D. Appleton, 1872.
Broughton, Rhoda. Second Thoughts. Richard Bentley and Son, 1880.
Broughton, Rhoda. Second Thoughts. Macmillan, 1899.
Broughton, Rhoda. The Devil and the Deep Sea. Macmillan, 1910.