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Geraldine Jewsbury (1812–1880)

Author of The Half Sisters: A Tale

Includes the names: Jewsbury Geraldine Endsor, Geraldine Endsor Jewsbury

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Although popular in their own day, Geraldine Jewsbury's works were forgotten for many years until undergoing a recent literary revival from historians and feminist scholars. She was born in Measham, historically in Derbyshire, England, the daughter of a merchant, and brought up in Manchester. She was educated at boarding school. In 1832, she took over management of the household after the death of her mother and the marriage of her older sister Maria Jane Fletcher (also a well-known writer at the time). Maria Jane died of cholera in India in 1833, leaving her sister devastated; she became a religious sceptic. She was a long-time friend of Jane Welsh Carlyle and moved to London to be closer to her. Geraldine's first novel, Zoe: the History of Two Lives, was published in 1845, followed by The Half Sisters (1848) and several others. She was a frequent contributor to the Athenaeum, Household Words, and other leading journals and magazines. She also was a respected reviewer and editor and influenced the Victorian publishing industry and public tastes through her role as a reader for the publishers Richard Bentley of Bentley's Miscellany and Hurst and Blackett.
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