Jane Welsh Carlyle and Her Victorian World: A Story of Love, Work, Marriage, and Friendship (Hardcover)

A Story of Love, Work, Marriage, and Friendship

By Kathy Chamberlain

Overlook Press, 9781468314205, 400pp.

Publication Date: April 4, 2017



Hailed by Virginia Woolf as one of the all-time great letter writers, Jane Welsh Carlyle, wife of Victorian literary celebrity Thomas Carlyle, has been much overlooked. In this compelling new biography, Kathy Chamberlain brings Jane out of her husband's shadow, focusing on Carlyle as a remarkable woman and writer in her own right.

Caught between her own literary aspirations and Victorian society's oppression of women, Jane Welsh Carlyle hoped to move beyond domestic life and become a respected published writer. As she and her husband moved in exclusive London literary circles, mingling with noted authors, poets, and European revolutionaries, Carlyle created and reported to her correspondents on her rich, rewarding life in her Chelsea home--until her husband's infatuation with a wealthy, imposing aristocratic society hostess threw her life into chaos.

Through dedicated research and unparalleled access to Jane Welsh Carlyle's private correspondence, Kathy Chamberlain presents an elegant portrait of an extraordinary woman writer.