Trailblazer: The First Feminist to Change Our World by Jane Robinson; A Dirty, Filthy Book by Michael Meyer review
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Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon, a co-founder of Girton College and cousin of Florence Nightingale, was a key figure in Victorian literary circles. In her new biography of Bodichon, author Jane Robinson aims to shift the spotlight onto her and emphasize her connections to influential individuals. Bodichon's private life is also explored, including bizarre letters from John Chapman attempting to convince her to have sex with him for health reasons. Overall, the biography aims to shed light on a figure who has been overlooked in history despite her many accomplishments and relationships.
Today came a letter from Barbara full of joy in my success, in the certainty that Adam Bede was mine, though she had not read more than extracts in Reviews, wrote Eliot in her diary on 6 May 1859.
Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon, a co-founder of Girton College and cousin of Florence Nightingale, was a key figure in Victorian literary circles. In her new biography of Bodichon, author Jane Robinson aims to shift the spotlight onto her and emphasize her connections to influential individuals. Bodichon's private life is also explored, including bizarre letters from John Chapman attempting to convince her to have sex with him for health reasons. Overall, the biography aims to shed light on a figure who has been overlooked in history despite her many accomplishments and relationships.
John Chapman's letters to Bodichon, in which he seeks to persuade her to have sex with him on health grounds, are some of the weirdest I've ever read
Read at www.theguardian.com
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