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Wedding Day, a Novel. 3 vols.

Author Spence, Elizabeth Isabella
Title Wedding Day, a Novel. 3 vols.
Imprint London, printed by C. Stower for Longman etc., .
Date of Publication 1807
Language English
Notes This work by the Scottish-born writer Elizabeth Spence is extremely rare. Spence (1768-1832) was born at Dunkeld, and produced several sentimental novels and travel books from 1799 onwards. Niece of the Aberdeen-born preacher James Fordyce, Spence ended up orphaned and poor in London, and seems to have written to support herself. The Wedding Day enjoyed little critical success, but does not seem wholly devoid of merit. It is deeply Scottish, full of descriptions of landscapes and buildings from Roslin Chapel to Calton Hill, although most of the action takes place in England. Literary quotations abound; suffering aristocrats write wordy letters; the heroine endures everything from shipwrecks to romantic catastrophe with the same moral resolution.
Shelfmark RB.s.2093
Reference Sources DNB
Acquired on 18/12/01
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