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Passages from My Autobiography
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Lady Sydney Morgan (1783–1859)
Passages from My Autobiography
London: Richard Bentley, 1859
NYPL, The Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle

The scarcity of respectable jobs for women made writing attractive: it could be done anonymously and, if necessary, in private, from one’s own room. For women who sought fame, the cachet of authorship was considerable, and the rewards could be as well. The parlor of the Irish novelist and travel-writer Lady Sydney Morgan, shown here in the frontispiece to her autobiography, was the embodiment of authorial success.

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