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John Bayley, 27 October 1988

Woman to Woman: Female Friendship in Victorian Fiction 
by Tess Cosslett.
Harvester, 211 pp., £29.95, July 1988, 0 7108 1015 6
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Sentiment and Sociability: The Language of Feeling in the Eighteenth Century 
by John Mullan.
Oxford, 261 pp., £25, June 1988, 0 19 812865 7
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The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney. Vol. I: 1768-1773 
edited by Lars Troide.
Oxford, 353 pp., £45, June 1988, 9780198125815
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... to create, in however full a degree of sympathy, the feminine. These matters must be well-known to Tess Cosslett, who has written a searching study of woman-to-woman relationships in the 19th-century novel. The century saw the first attempt to explore a specifically female relationship – women, as it were, becoming fictively actual in each other’s ...

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