Vineta and Robert A. Colby (essay date 1966)
SOURCE: "The Seen and the Unseen," in The Equivocal Virtue: Mrs. Oliphant and the Victorian Literary Marketplace, Archon Books, 1966, pp. 88-107.
[In this excerpt, Vineta and Robert Colby review the varied qualities of Oliphant's supernatural tales.]
Early in her career, in her novels and in her biography of Irving, Mrs. Oliphant had revealed a sympathy for the visionary mystic, the prophet without honor in his country—just such a figure as is represented in the tragic Paul Lecamus of A Beleaguered City. Her study of Montalembert brought her into contact with the French monastic revival, the continental counterpart of the Oxford Movement. The interest she...
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