Vineta Colby

Standard Name: Colby, Vineta


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Cultural formation Vernon Lee
As early as 24 August 1887 VL was calling Kit her new love, or new life (adapting the title of a poem which had been written for Lee by Amy Levy ).
Beckman, Linda Hunt. Amy Levy: Her Life and Letters. Ohio University Press.
The two...
Cultural formation Vernon Lee
In her biography of Lee, Vineta Colby repeats longstanding judgments about the author's sexuality by emphasizing that she made no effort to conceal her attachments to women,
Colby, Vineta. Vernon Lee: A Literary Biography. University of Virginia Press.
but was hesitant about—even repelled by—sexual intimacy...
Family and Intimate relationships Vernon Lee
VL 's mother, Matilda (Adams) Paget , was born in Carmarthenshire, Wales in 1815; she was one of four children of Sarah Adams , who had lived for a time in Philadelphia, and Edward Hamlin Adams
Family and Intimate relationships A. Mary F. Robinson
AMFR married James Darmesteter after a brief courtship; it was said that she had proposed to him, in August 1887, shortly after their first meeting at the British Museum .
Sources disagree on the date...
Fictionalization Eliza Lynn Linton
In 1878, ELL wrote to a relative, True success comes only by hard work, great courage in self-correction, and the most earnest and intense determination to succeed, not thinking that every endeavour is already success...
Intertextuality and Influence Vernon Lee
VL 's supernatural stories are concerned with the spiritual essences of places and past cultures, often represented through the reappearances of classical goddesses and gods, or comparatively lesser-known Renaissance and eighteenth-century figures. Vineta Colby finds...
Literary responses Vernon Lee
Lee's work had a highly mixed reception. It was praised by Pater: in a footnote added to the third edition of his Renaissance, he calls Euphoriona work abounding in knowledge and insights on...
Literary responses Vernon Lee
Shortly after the publication of this book she sent a copy to Robert Browning , assuming he would appreciate the admiration she expresses for his poetry (The Ring and the Book). In June...
Literary responses Mary Cholmondeley
Most literary reviews were positive, some comparing MC to Charlotte Brontë or George Eliot ; The Spectator called the novel brilliant and exhilarating.
Colby, Vineta. “’Devoted Amateur’: Mary Cholmondeley and Red Pottage”. Essays in Criticism, Vol.
, No. 2, pp. 213-28.
An Edinburgh Review article written in 1900 praised Red Pottage in...
Literary responses Vernon Lee
Lee's publication was panned in the Times Literary Supplement, but found strong support from Desmond MacCarthy , writing as Affable Hawk in the New Statesman, and from G. B. Shaw in the Nation...
Literary responses Mary Cholmondeley
None of these later novels achieved the success of Red Pottage. Critic Vineta Colby writes that MC 's last novels invited the neglect they received from critics and public alike, because of their extreme...
Literary responses Henrietta Camilla Jenkin
The Saturday Review called Once and Again a great advance upon any previous effort of the writer's.
Kirk, John Foster, and S. Austin Allibone, editors. A Supplement to Allibone’s Critical Dictionary of English Literature and British and American Authors. J. B. Lippincott.
The young Vernon Lee praised this novel enthusiastically in an Italian article published in La Rivista in October...
Literary responses Margaret Oliphant
The work has been consistently admired. On its appearance the editor of The Spectator praised it for wonderful mastery of the borderland of the natural and the supernatural,
Greenfield, John R., editor. Dictionary of Literary Biography 159. Gale Research.
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and said it demonstrated MO
politics Vernon Lee
Vineta Colby describes VL 's politics as liberal with socialist leanings.
Colby, Vineta. Vernon Lee: A Literary Biography. University of Virginia Press.
Lee disagreed with the Liberal government's refusal to grant women the vote: she supported suffrage but disapproved of militancy.
Gunn, Peter. Vernon Lee: Violet Paget, 1856-1935. Oxford University Press.
Her views on...
Author summary Vernon Lee
VL 's writing career spanned more than five decades during the later the nineteenth century and the earlier twentieth. She wrote critical monographs, essays, and reviews (on aesthetics, politics, and history), as well as short...


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Colby, Vineta. “’Devoted Amateur’: Mary Cholmondeley and Red Pottage”. Essays in Criticism, Vol.
, No. 2, pp. 213-28.
Colby, Vineta, and Robert Alan Colby. The Equivocal Virtue. Archon Books, 1966.
Colby, Vineta. The Singular Anomaly: Women Novelists of the Nineteenth Century. New York University Press, 1970.
Colby, Vineta. Vernon Lee: A Literary Biography. University of Virginia Press, 2003.
Colby, Vineta. Yesterday’s Woman: Domestic Realism in the English Novel. Princeton University Press, 1974.