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JOAN REES - Writings on the Nile: Harriet Martineau, Florence Nightingale and Amelia Edwards

The Rubicon Press. 1995. (ISBN: 0948695390). Hardcover, 24.5 x 15.6 x 1.6 pale blue. Condition very good. Isbn 0-948695-39-0,0948695390. Focusing on three remarkable women, this book offers insights into Victorian England and the moral and intellectual preoccupations of the time, and also into the psychological, philosophical and spiritual impact on modern consciousness of the rediscovery of ancient Egypt. Harriet Martineau was a doughty and influential campaigner for social causes; Florence Nightingale became an acclaimed reformer of nursing and hospital practices; and Amelia Edwards, formerly a novelist and prolific professional writer, returned from Egypt to found the Egypt Exploration Society and endow the first Chair of Egyptology at a British university. All three were independent-minded women of strong character and exceptional gifts. They were accomplished writers, each with a distinctive style, and their accounts of their Nile journeys are richly individual and full of life, thought and observation. The story of their encounters with the ideas and relics of the remote Egyptian past is likely to appeal to all those who, like their predecessors, are stirred by the monuments and artifacts of the ancient civilization. Martineau, Nightingale and Edwards were women of intellectual and emotional depth on whom their personal discovery of Egypt was a lasting and in many ways formative influence. In a final chapter, this book contrasts their experience with that of Lucie Duff Gordon, who lived "among the people" in Luxor for seven years. Used: Acceptable.
GBP 16.68 [Appr.: EURO 19.75 US$ 22.25 | JP¥ 2522] Book number 3213

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