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MRS OLIPHANT
Penelope Fitzgerald suggested fifteen years ago that these two 1880s novellas by the once immensely popular Mrs Oliphant should appear together. Both are about the darker side of bourgeois marriage. In The Mystery of Mrs Blencarrow an estate-owning widow has a relationship with her steward rather like Queen Victoria’s with John Brown. And Queen Eleanor and Fair Rosamond asks what it is that drives a respectable paterfamilias to commit bigamy.
A printed velveteen designed by Lewis F Day sold by Liberty in 1888 © V & A
AFTERWORD BY MERRYN WILLIAMS
 Late Nineteenth Century wedding in Leeds: the bride was a schoolteacher, hence all her pupils.
The Mystery of Mrs Blencarrow
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208pp PERSEPHONE BOOKS ISBN 9781903155790


























































































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