Description Louisa Stuart Costello de Clare Broome Saunders:
Louisa Stuart Costello (1799-1870) was a popular and critically acclaimed poet, novelist, travel writer, historian, biographer, artist, and medieval scholar, whose long life spanned the nineteenth century. Her wide ranging choice of genre demonstrates her skill as a writer and artist, and her acute understanding of contemporary reading trends and publishing markets. Exploring how Costello writes, what she writes, and when she writes it, provides a rich source of information about literary history, and the career of a professional woman writer in the nineteenth century. Louisa Stuart Costello: A Nineteenth-century Writing Life provides a wealth of extracts from her diverse writings, with reader responses from critics and peers, examples of her illustrations, and literary and historical contexts.
Clare Broome Saunders teaches is a Research Fellow in English at the University of Oxford, UK. She has published widely on nineteenth-century poetry, uses of history, and women travel writers in Europe, including Women Writers and Nineteenth-Century Medievalism and Women, Travel Writing, and Truth.