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Frederika Bremer


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Frederika Bremer : Brothers and Sisters

'A neighbour lent me [Miss Bremer's] novel, "Brothers and Sisters," the first volume of which we thought admirable: but the latter part about Socialism, Mesmerism, and all manner of [italics]isms[end italics] which she did not understand, made us blush as we read.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Harriet Martineau and neighbour     Print: Book


Frederika Bremer : The Neighbours: A Story of Everyday Life

Elizabeth Barrett to Mary Russell Mitford, 3 December 1842: 'My thoughts have lately been of Frederica Bremer?s "Neighbours" instead of my own?I mean of the very charming novel which Mrs Howitt has just "done into English" from the Swedish ? or German peradventure ? it being probably a translation from the German ? Read it my dearest friend, & agree with me that it is delightful. "Like Miss Austen" says Mrs Howitt - & "like Miss Austen" being the best introduction to you possible, "I echo her" ? altho? in my private & individual opinion & saving your presence, I do consider the book of a higher & sweeter tone than Miss Austen had voice and soul for. There is more poetry, more of the inner life, more of the ideal aspiration more of a Godward tendency in the book than we need seek for or than even you my beloved friend, can, I think, imagine in any book or books of Miss Austen considered in a moment of your most enthusiastic estimation. I am pleased, & touched .. charmed for the better, by the book. The serenity, the sweetness, the undertone of Christian music, affect me the more for coming to me in the midst of my lion & tiger hunting with La jeune France [ie her reading of lurid, recent French fiction]; & the impression will not pass, it appears to me, with the reading of the last page.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Elizabeth Barrett      Print: Book


Frederika Bremer : The Home: or, Family Cares and Family Joys

Elizabeth Barrett to Mary Russell Mitford, 24 May 1843: 'Mary Howitt's last translation from Frederika Bremer's swedish, "The Home" charms me even more than "The Neighbours" did.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Elizabeth Barrett      Print: Book


Frederika Bremer : The Neighbours: A Story of Every-Day Life

Mary Russell Mitford to Elizabeth Barrett, 4 December 1844: 'Ah! dearest love, Frederika Bremer! I did read half "The Neighbours," and really you are the only person of a high class of mind whom I have found liking her works.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Russell Mitford      Print: Book


Frederika Bremer : Hertha

'Gissing read as widely as ever, with the same unbridled curiosity as during his youth but now with an intelligence tempered by experience. Of course he continued to read the Latin, Greek, English and French classics, but of the particular titles he noted in his diary during the second part of 1889 there are a number that indicate fairly and squarely the direction in which his thoughts were carrying him. Besides books like J.P. Jacobsen's "Niels Lyhne" and Frederick [sic]Bremer's "Hertha", he also read Taine's "English Literature", Bourget's "Etudes et Portraits" as well as the "Essais Psychologiques", A.H. Buck's "Treatise on Hygiene", W. B. Carpenter's "Principles of Mental Physiology" and the books he just mentions as Ribot's "Hereditie".'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: George Gissing      Print: Book


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