Escaping the curssed orange

Norma Clarke

  • Jane Barker, Exile: A Literary Career 1675-1725 by Kathryn King
    Oxford, 263 pp, £40.00, September 2000, ISBN 0 19 818702 5

There is a moment in Jane Barker’s 1723 novel, A Patch-Work Screen for the Ladies, which prefigures Jane Eyre, and makes one wonder how much or how little 19th-century women like Charlotte Brontë were acquainted with their sister writers (as Barker might have put it) of this earlier period.

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