When Miss Milner announces her passion for her guardian, a Catholic priest, she breaks through the double barrier of his religious vocation and her society's standards of proper womanly behaviour. Her love is legitimized when Dorriforth is released from his vows, but her own unorthodox nature cannot be contained by a marriage where her husband continues to be a stern moral guide. Elizabeth Inchbald is concerned with the question of a woman's 'proper education' and in a novel whose sureness of touch and subtlety of characterization prefigure Jane Austen's work, she shows that there is no simple answer.
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"By situating A Simple Story against theatrical texts, Lott evokes the complexities of Inchbald's life--as woman, actor, novelist, playwright, and eventually critic--and thus challenges us to understand the work as an 'attempt to merge two forms, the novel and the play.' Examples of conduct literature demonstrate that Inchbald was an astute reader of gender construction, while accounts of divorce proceedings illustrate the reality of social consequences facing women who balked at the double standard for female behavior. Excerpts from period debates over the politics of authority remind us that the novel was completed as the French Revolution was beginning and that many of Inchbald's friends were shortly to be labeled Jacobin. This edition of Inchbald's most famous novel will prompt revisions in many an eighteenth-century syllabus."--Katherine GreenAbout the Author:
Anna Lott is Professor of English and Coordinator of Women's Studies at the University of North Alabama.
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Book Description Penguin Classics, 1997. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: A Simple Story by the actress, playwright and novelist Elizabeth Inchbald has remained enduringly popular and almost continuously in print since its first publication in 1791.In scenes charged with understated erotic tension it tells the stories of the flirtatious Miss Milner who falls in love with her guardian, a Roman Catholic priest and aristocrat, and of their daughter Matilda who, banished from her father's sight, craves his love.In her use of dramatic methods-expressive gestures, delayed revelations and economical dialogues-to present these two versions of the same power-struggle between an older father-lover figure and a young girl, Inchbald achieves a psychological intensity and subtlety of characterization rarely found in other late eighteenth-century novelists. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0140434739
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Book Description Penguin Classics, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Elizabeth Inchbald was concerned with women's education. In this story, Inchbald's purpose was to show the value of "a proper education". She describes the disastrous marriage of Miss Milner, an empty-headed flirt, to Lord Elmwood and the effects of her behaviour on their daughter Matilda. Bookseller Inventory # 025843
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