Nineteenth-Century Women's Autobiography Autobiographies By Women Of Letters - Essay

Autobiographies By Women Of Letters

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Sidonie Smith (essay date 1987)

SOURCE: "Harriet Martineau's Autobiography: The Repressed Desire of Life Like a Man's," in A Poetics of Women's Autobiography: Marginality and the Fictions of Self-Representation, Indiana University Press, 1987, pp. 123-49.

[In the following excerpt, Smith evaluates Harriet Martineau 's autobiography and discusses elements specific to Victorian autobiography.]

I fully expect that both you and I shall
occasionally feel as if I did not discharge a
daughter's duty, but we shall both remind
ourselves that I am now as much a citizen
of the world as any...

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