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Elizabeth Craven: Writer, Feminist and European (Vernon Series on the History of Art) Hardcover – 20 Jul 2017
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About the Author
Julia Gasper got her doctorate in English Literature at Somerville College, Oxford. Her first book, The Dragon and the Dove: The Plays of Thomas Dekker, was published by Oxford University Press in the Oxford English Monographs series (1990). She is the translator and editor of the Modern Philosopher and Other Works by Elizabeth Craven (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2017), a collection of three texts including Letters to Her Son. Her other recent books include Theodore von Neuhoff, King of Corsica: The Man Behind the Legend (University of Delaware Press USA, 2012) and The Marquis d'Argens: A Philosophical Life (Lexington Books USA, 2014), a critical biography of the French Enlightenment author and philosopher. She has taught for Stanford University in Oxford, the Open University, and the University of Surrey at Roehampton.
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The book sets out to convince us that Elizabeth Craven is a much under-rated writer who deserves more attention. In this, it succeeds, and even the first
poem provided at the outset establishes that. Many more follow.The book also makes a strong case that Elizabeth Craven was a feminist, a claim that has never been made before. It's amazing how many neglected texts there still are by women writers. They've been in
print for 200 years but they're still overlooked. Craven's bold criticisms of the laws that made wives subservient to their husband, and protest about women's lack of education, certainly puts her in the
same category as Mary Wollestoncraft. As for being European, it certainly emerges that Elizabeth Craven was polyglot, widely-travelled, culturally cosmopolitan, and keenly aware of events across the whole continent, including the French Revolution.
Some of her books were actually written in French rather than English. The book makes some surprising revelations, for instance that Craven had a love affair with William Beckford, the author of Vathek, which
is based on evidence from letters; he was only one of her many lovers. She seems to have known dozens of the most eminent people of her era.
Elizabeth Craven emerges as adventurous and intelligent woman, very rebellious, very sexy and with a lively sense of humour. The author calls her "an indomitable powerhouse of a woman". She lived to become an eccentric old lady, still getting into scandals in her seventies. The book is readable and entertaining and seems (to judge from the number of footnotes) to be well- researched.
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