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By Deborah Anna Logan

Memorials of Harriet Martineau by means of Maria Weston Chapman was once released in 1877 as quantity 3 of Harriet Martineau’s Autobiography. whereas the triple-decker was once a favored layout of the period, the configuration of a two-volume autobiography authored by way of one and a one-volume biography written by means of one other is unusual. Indeed, the work’s publishing heritage finds that, in reissues of the Autobiography, the Memorials volume was once now not reproduced; whereas a few may perhaps declare that the matter is with the editorAmerican abolitionist Chapmanrather than the contents, the very fact continues to be that the majority of the quantity includes basic fabrics written through Martineau which are to be had nowhere else, released or archival. Chapman’s participation within the venture used to be initially conceived as supplemental, within the occasion that the sick Martineau didn't stay lengthy sufficient to accomplish her memoirs; because it occurred, Martineau—who complete the 2 volumes and had them privately revealed in 1855—lived one other twenty-one years. while the Autobiography records what Martineau known as the “interior lifestyles” or subjective viewpoint on her occupation, Chapman’s quantity addressed the outside via supplying a biographical evaluation of her friend’s existence and paintings, a checklist of her final a long time, and a suite of posthumous memorials by way of people with whom her deepest and public lives intersected. Chapman’s function used to be to “take up the parallel thread of her external life,—to assemble up and co-ordinate from the fabrics positioned in my arms the illustrative evidence and fragments via her passed over or forgotten; and to teach . . . what no brain can see for itself,—the influence of its personal character at the world.” This quantity is the 1st scholarly version of the Memorials—a biography of 1 of the major highbrow girls of the 19th century, advised essentially in her personal words.

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