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Aubrey (korrick) | 14 comments For 'Marcella' by Mrs. Humphry Ward: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

Description taken from back of book:

"Both my judgment and my conscience make me a Socialist. It's only one's wretched love for one's own little luxuries and precedences ⁠— the worst part of one ⁠— that makes me waver, makes me a traitor!"

Marcella Boyce, a Pre-Raphaelite beauty of the 1880s, is passionately in love with the ideals of socialism. A 21-year-old art student, she lives in a Kensington boarding house until her father inherits the family estate, Mellor Park, in the Midlands. Leaving her studies, her philanthropic work in the East End, and the company of her Bohemian friends, she embarks on her new life at Mellor Park, determined to alleviate the poverty she sees around her. Then Aldous Raeburn, Tory candidate and heir to Lord Maxwell's estate, falls in love with Marcella. But Marcella is torn between her longing to become mistress of Maxwell Court and her burning idealism. Before she can reconcile the two, Marcella must learn ⁠— through bitter experience ⁠— the real barriers that divide one human from another.

Mary Augusta Ward (1851-1920), niece of Matthew Arnold, was one of the most prolific and distinguished novelists of her time whose work, with Trollope's, most perfectly depicts the Victorian age. In Marcella (first published in 1894), though writing with all the conservative conscience of the nineteenth century, Mrs Humphry Ward perfectly conveys the atmosphere of the 1880s and 90s: a time of heady idealism when the solid values of Victorian England were being forced to make way to social enlightenment and change.

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If you'd like to add a cover as well, it's the same image as this edition: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

Thanks.


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Alex | 2739 comments Added description, thank you. Found cover on abebooks, as we can't use an image from another edition, even if they are the same.


Aubrey (korrick) | 14 comments Alex wrote: "Added description, thank you. Found cover on abebooks, as we can't use an image from another edition, even if they are the same."

Thanks for the help, and good to know.


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