Collective Biographies of WomenAn Annotated Bibliography
Snell, Frederick John. The Girlhood of Famous Women. Illustrated by Margaret Tarrant. London: Harrap, 1915; 1920; 1922.
Author of books on early modern England, e.g. Customs of Old England (1911). Part of Heroes of All Time series, which includes Snell's Boys Who Became Famous and Garibaldi and his Red-Shirts, along with individual male biographies as well as two books by E. M. Wilmot-Buxton (one about Joan of Arc) and separate lives of Marie Antoinette, Queen Victoria, and Queen Elizabeth I. Compare S. Bolton, Jos. Johnson. A handsome leather spine with gilded sword and torch and stamped gilded pattern on front cloth cover. Color frontispiece, "A Visit from Florence Nightingale" to an old lady in bed; eight other narrative images in black and white, e.g. Maria Edgeworth enacting a bedroom story for a group of girls, "Thrilled by romantic narratives from her fertile brain" (16). Preface: "designed as a companion to a previous volume, entitled Boys who Became Famous" (5). Snell denies that there are fewer "great women" than men, especially since the concept of fame or greatness is elastic. He lists the biographies or autobiographies that he drew from (5-6). Other than Joan of Arc, the list is eighteenth- and nineteenth-century, centered on literature and arts, and women who wrote about their own childhoods. The style is accessible but not that of children's adventure stories; Snell discusses biographical versions, and uses "we" fairly often.
TOC: Maria Edgeworth; The Princess Elizabeth; Sarah Kemble (Mrs Siddons); Fanny Kemble; Hannah More; Louisa May Alcott; Helen Keller; Jenny Lind (Madame Lind-Goldschmidt); Florence Nightingale; Jeanne d'Arc; Emma Lajeunesse (Madame Albani); Rosa Caroline Mackworth Prior (Mrs Campbell Praed); The Princess Victoria; Marie Louise Elisabeth Vigée (Madame le Brun); Isabella Bird (Mrs Bishop); Marie Corelli.
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