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Amelia Edwards: Traveller, Novelist and Egyptologist
by Joan Rees
This, the first biography of Amelia Edwards, sets out her work as the founder of the Egypt Exploration Society and writer of A Thousand Miles up the Nile in the context of her previous career as novelist and journalist. It traces her development from a multi-gifted child to an adventurous and unconventional woman and finally to her life as a dedicated and reclusive worker ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Rubicon Press
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In spite of the recent fascination with the Victorian travel to Africa, women travelers in Egypt have seldom been highlighted. The only biographer of Amelia Edwards, Joan Rees, published on the novelist, journalist, and later Egyptologist, revealing not only her role as a founder of the new field of Egyptology, but also her contributions to Victorian cosmopolitanism and aesthetics. Reese paints an image of an Amelia Edwards, with her keen artistic perception, as maintaining her early aspirations ...more