Michael Sadleir

Standard Name: Sadleir, Michael


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Cultural formation Eleanor Sleath
ES belonged to the presumably white, English upper-middle class or minor gentry. She was baptised a member of the Anglican Church , though gothicists Michael Sadleir and Devendra P. Varma , who had different theories...
Cultural formation Rhoda Broughton
RB was presumably white, and was born into an Anglican , upper-middle-class family, with an English father and Irish mother. She grew up at Broughton Hall near Eccleshall in Staffordshire, an Elizabethan manor house...
Family and Intimate relationships Rhoda Broughton
RB left no evidence as to her possible sexual orientation or erotic relationships. A number of critics (notably Michael Sadleir ) have suggested that an early unhappy love affair prompted her frequently cynical representations of...
Friends, Associates Storm Jameson
Michael Sadleir first took Jameson to the Thursday evening salons hosted by Naomi Royde-Smith at her Queen's Gate home. These gatherings were attended by Rose Macaulay , Arnold Bennett , Edward Marsh , and Frank Swinnerton
Literary responses Rhoda Broughton
Sadleir , noting the autobiographical element in this novel's subject-matter, judged that it eschews the cynicism and self-mockery of A Beginner in favour of a deliberate plunge into the ardours and agonies of a distant...
Literary responses Mary Ann Browne
As it began its course of posthumous publication, the Dublin University Magazine praised MAB for staying out of the masculine fields of analysis and abstract thought. This set a tone for later comments: as for...
Literary responses Marjorie Bowen
In his introduction to the book, Michael Sadleir commends its descriptive detail and period expression. He suggests that MB 's reading of human nature and of the capacity for pity produces a realistic, alarming, sinister...
Literary responses F. Tennyson Jesse
The New Yorker described the letters as having vigour, clarity, humour and elegance, and found FTJ and her husband a tough pair of gentle writers.
Colenbrander, Joanna. A Portrait of Fryn. A. Deutsch.
In London, Pamela Hansford Johnson called the...
Literary responses Marjorie Bowen
MB was admired in her own day by others who prided themselves on the popular touch in their writing: Mark Twain , Walter de la Mare , Compton Mackenzie , and Hugh Walpole , who...
Literary responses Anne Manning
Having completed this novel AM approached her father and said, Papa, I don't know what you will say, but I have been writing a story.
Oliphant, Margaret et al. Women Novelists of Queen Victoria’s Reign. Hurst and Blackett.
His first response was amusement. When he had read...
Literary responses Eliza Parsons
Most published comment on EP has been confined to her gothic novels, and most gothicists (Montague Summers and Devendra P. Varma , for instance) have treated her grudgingly: less than mediocre
Hoeveler, Diane Long, and Eliza Parsons. “Introduction”. The Castle of Wolfenbach, edited by Diane Long Hoeveler and Diane Long Hoeveler, Valancourt Books, p. vii - xvii.
and respectable...
Literary responses Laura Riding
Scholar Michael Sadleir gave a lunch party to celebrate the publication, and was impressed by LR 's ability to make her ancient characters real.
Friedmann, Elizabeth. A Mannered Grace. Persea Books.
He was agreeably surprised to learn that one of Riding's...
Literary responses Rhoda Broughton
The Athenæum, describing Belinda as RB 's worst novel, noted a similarity of her central couple to Dorothea and Casaubon in George Eliot 's Middlemarch. It deemed Eliot's characterisation decidedly superior, maintaning that...
Literary responses Helen Waddell
Stories from Holy Writ (early work published late in HW 's life, but carefully revised by her for the press) rapidly sold 3,500 copies even with practically no reviewing.
Blackett, Monica. The Mark of the Maker: A Portrait of Helen Waddell. Constable.
These stories made Violet Markham
Literary responses Rhoda Broughton
This novel received a favourable review in The Pall Mall Gazette.
Wood, Marilyn. Rhoda Broughton: Profile of a Novelist. Paul Watkins.
Michael Sadleir (one of several to suggest that RB 's best work was in the single-volume novel rather than the triple-decker), wrote...


January 1833: The first issues appeared of two Irish monthly...

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January 1833

The first issues appeared of two Irish monthly periodicals: the successful Dublin University Magazine and the short-lived Dublin University Review, and Quarterly Magazine.

17 November 1958: The sale began at Sotheby's of the collection...

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17 November 1958

The sale began at Sotheby's of the collection of first editions built up by the bibliographer Michael Sadleir , who had recently died.


Sadleir, Michael. Bulwer: A Panorama. Constable, 1931.
Sadleir, Michael. “Dublin University Magazine: Its History, Contents and Bibliography”. The Bibliographical Society of Ireland, pp. 59-81.
Sadleir, Michael. Excursions in Victorian Bibliography. Chaundy and Cox, 1922.
Sadleir, Michael. Things Past. Constable, 1944.
Sadleir, Michael. XIX Century Fiction. Constable; University of California Press, 1951.