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28th January 2003 - The Letters of Jane Welsh Carlyle

The Nineteenth Century Letters seminar series continued last night with a talk by Aileen Christiansen of The Carlyle Letters Project (University of Edinburgh).

Aileen introduced us to Jane Welsh Carlyle (1801-66) as letter writer, and argued that her correspondence (of which around 2,000 items survive) should be considered as 'literature'. Indeed, this is how many contemporary writers and thinkers viewed her work; correspondents included the likes of Dickens, Eliot, Thackeray and Turgenev.

The seminar series continues on Wednesday 5 February with a talk on Whistler's relationship with the American artist Waldo Story.