Mistress of the House: Women of Property in the Victorian Novel
This is a collection of essays on the theme of women and property in Victorian fiction. The work comments on texts such as Shirley, Cranford, Villette, The Moonstone, works by Thomas Hardy and Diana of the Crossways.
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