A Simple Story (Penguin Classics)

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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 Green

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Anna Lott is Professor of English and Coordinator of Women's Studies at the University of North Alabama.

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