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Caroline of Lichtfield by Isabelle de Montolieu

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Laura Kirkley


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Caroline of Lichtfield (1786) is the site of a unique textual encounter between the Swiss author of the source text, Isabelle de Montolieu, and the English translator, Thomas Holcroft. It is a sentimental novel which tells the story of a young woman who comes to realize that the young and handsome man she has fallen for is less worthy of her affections than her older, less dashing husband. In its heyday, the novel was a hugely influential international bestseller and garnered high praise from writers such as Mary Wollstonecraft, Germaine de Staƫl and Maria Edgeworth. This edition brings Holcroft's translation to modern readers. It includes an introduction that puts Montolieu's novel in its historical, cultural and literary context and compares it with Holcroft's translation. There are comprehensive footnotes, many of which discuss disparities between the source text and the translation, and an appendix which translates an important section of the text that Holcroft chose to cut.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Kirkley L

Series Editor(s): Bending, S and Bygrave, S

Publication type: Scholarly Edition

Publication status: Published

Series Title: Chawton House Library Series: Women's Novels

Year: 2014

Volume: 19

Number of Pages: 304

Print publication date: 01/04/2014

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

ISBN: 9781848933927

Publisher: Pickering & Chatto

Place Published: London


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