A Simple Story

Paperback | May 23, 2009

byElizabeth Inchbald, Jane SpencerEditorJ. M. S. Tompkins

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When Miss Milner announces her passion for her guardian, a Catholic priest, she breaks through the double barrier of religious vocation and society's standards of `proper' womanly behaviour. Her love is legitimized when Dorriforth is released from his vows, but she finds her own unorthodoxnature cannot conform to a marriage where her husband continues to be a stern moral guide. With a surenees of touch that prefigures Jane Austen, Elizabeth Inchbald shows that there is no simple answer to their predicament, and that their conflict can only be resolved in the next generation.

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When Miss Milner announces her passion for her guardian, a Catholic priest, she breaks through the double barrier of religious vocation and society's standards of `proper' womanly behaviour. Her love is legitimized when Dorriforth is released from his vows, but she finds her own unorthodoxnature cannot conform to a marriage where her h...

The late J.M.S. Tompkins edited the OEN text from which this edition derives. Jane Spencer is a lecturer in English at the University of Edinburgh. Her other publications include The Rise of the Woman Novelist (Blackwell, 1986). Her introduction to A Simple Story reconsiders Elizabeth Inchbald in the light of current feminist thinking...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.01 inPublished:May 23, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199554722

ISBN - 13:9780199554720

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"this 1792 novel deserves its place for its charm, its readability and as an early expression of the need for women to have a reasonable education" --David Holloway, Sunday Telegraph 20/07/1994