Geraldine Jewsbury wrote six novels, wrote hundreds of literary reviews for The Athenaeum, and in the middle of the nineteenth century, was acquainted with some of the most famous writers and politicians of the Victorian Age. Her first novel, Zoe, created a sensation. One reviewer advised her to abandon her ‘foolish’ and ‘unwomanly course forever’. Her sister Maria-Jane’s life was short. She died in India at the age of thirty-three, yet William Wordsworth praised her ‘great talents’ and dedicated several poems to her. Join us to discover something more about these fascinating and often overlooked writers.
The Portico are pleased to welcome JC Briggs back to the library for one of her wonderfully humorous, insightful and entertaining talks. Briggs is the author of the Dickens and Jones mysteries, which feature the city of Manchester and place Charles Dickens in the role of private investigator.