Miss Marjoribanks The esteemed English critic Q D Leavis declared Margaret Oliphant s heroine Lucilla to be the missing link in nineteenth century literature between Jane Austen s Emma and George Eliot s Dorothea Brook

  • Title: Miss Marjoribanks
  • Author: Margaret Oliphant
  • ISBN: 9781844082087
  • Page: 458
  • Format: Paperback
  • The esteemed English critic Q.D Leavis declared Margaret Oliphant s heroine Lucilla to be the missing link in nineteenth century literature between Jane Austen s Emma and George Eliot s Dorothea Brooke, and entertaining, impressive, and likeable than either Miss Marjoribanks is perhaps the most famous novel in The Chronicles of Carlingford Oliphant sThe esteemed English critic Q.D Leavis declared Margaret Oliphant s heroine Lucilla to be the missing link in nineteenth century literature between Jane Austen s Emma and George Eliot s Dorothea Brooke, and entertaining, impressive, and likeable than either Miss Marjoribanks is perhaps the most famous novel in The Chronicles of Carlingford Oliphant s popular series of short stories and novels chronicling the middle class s of a fictional English provincial town The novel s heroine, Lucilla Marjoribanks, returns home to tend her widowed father and soon launches herself into Carlingford society, aiming to raise the tone with her select Thursday evening parties.Optimistic, resourceful, and blithely unimpeded by self doubt, Lucilla is a superior being in every way, not least in relation to men Margaret Oliphant s acclaimed biographer, Elisabeth Jay, has edited and introduced this Penguin Classics edition A tour de force full of wit, surprises, and intrigue we can imagine Jane Austen reading Miss Marjoribanks with enjoyment and approval in the Elysian Fields Q.D Leavis

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    1. This book is GENIUS! :)))))) (and you can download the free kindle version from gutenberg )“As she stepped into the steamboat at Dover which was to convey her to scenes so new, Lucilla felt more and more that she who held the reorganisation of society in Carlingford in her hands was a woman with a mission.”Admirers (Critics) of Emma Woodhouse, do come and meet Miss Lucilla Marjoribanks, heroine of this brilliantly written, classic novel, described by some critics as the "spiritual grand-daug [...]

    2. Miss Marjoribanks is what you get when you smash Emma together with Persuasion: match-making, mistaken identity, and (of course) marriage. Lucilla Marjoribanks is essentially Emma with more sense, less money, and not as annoying. At 18 she leaves finishing school and returns to her hometown Carlingford, intent on overcoming all obstacles and establishing herself as the central figure of the town's social life. And there are plenty of obstacles along the way: her father's bachelor habits, the sha [...]

    3. Resourceful, optimistic, determined, and unflappable, Miss Marjorie Marjoribanks would make a delightful, though perhaps slightly controlling, companion. While staying dutifully--albeit perhaps a bit technically--inside the closely circumscribed boundaries of what is correct and proper behavior for a young Victorian woman, Miss Marjoribanks is able to manage just about every aspect of life in her little town, including politics, even though she can’t, of course, actually vote. After finishing [...]

    4. I had heard of “Mrs Oliphant” (what a name, by the way!) but this was my first sample of her work, and it was an unexpected pleasure. Miss Marjoribanks isn’t world-shattering, but it’s an intelligent, wry, engaging, quietly subversive, highly readable novel. It’s also very funny at points.Thematically, Miss Marjoribanks is a reworking of Jane Austen’s Emma in a fuller, blowsier, mid-Victorian idiom (it was published in 1866, exactly half a century after Austen’s novel.) The title c [...]

    5. My favourite Chronicle of Carlingford so far. A lovely, enjoyable and fun read. Lucilla Marjoribanks is a brilliant character.

    6. With its crackling prose, satirical wit, and profound, if subterranean, reflections on the lives of women, Miss Marjoribanks easily holds its own alongside "greater" Victorian novels. It's Emma meets Middlemarch meets Doctor Thorne meets Queen Lucia. I can't believe I finally managed to stumble on this book (and I'm aleady hungering for more Margaret Oliphant). It's a Christmas miracle.

    7. Margaret Oliphant was already a well-known writer at the time she wrote and published "Miss Marjoribanks" in 1866. Oliphant's series for Blackwood's, "The Chronicles of Carlingford," had been in progress and "Miss Marjoribanks" was the fifth novel in the series. Q. D. Leavis wrote of the novel:"Lucilla is a triumphant intermediary between Jane Austen's Emma and George Eliot's Dorothea and, incidentally, more entertaining, more impressive and more likeable than either."I don't know whether she is [...]

    8. Greatness, Margaret Oliphant wrote in 1855,is always comparative: there are few things so hard to adjust to as the sliding-scale of fame.One of many remarkable articles that Oliphant published in the middle of the nineteenth century in the prestigious Blackwoods was about great and not-so-great female authors of her time, and their sad predilection for savage heroes. (Sound familiar?)Anyway, Oliphant is one of those many women--clever, often ironic, trenchantly observant and seemingly orthodox w [...]

    9. Well I have certainly never met a character like Miss Lucilla Marjoribanks. At first I simply did not understand her motives, drive and determination to re-organize Carlingford society. It seemed such a waste of a strong character. This was a long read, not to be rushed and the further I was immersed into Lucilla’s world, the more I came to admire her and the author for creating such an unusual woman. It was the last half of the book that really held my attention when Lucilla’s life took an [...]

    10. Miss Marhoribanks, Lucilla, as she was christened by her parents, Dr. Marjoribanks and his wife of Carlingsford at the age of 15 loses her mother to illness and decided that the aim of her her life is to be a comfort to her Papa. However Dr. Marjoribanks has a different opinion on this matter and sends Lucilla back to her school after the necessary period of mourning and keeps her there for 3 years and it is not until she is 19 that she actually returns to Carlingford to do her duty and be a com [...]

    11. This is a delightful, elegant, and refreshingly witty novel. Until reading Miss Marjoribanks, I’d not read anything by Margaret Oliphant before. I will certainly try and find more of her “The Chronicles of Carlingford.” It has been said that this is novel is much like Jane Austen’s Emma; well, I can absolutely appreciate the comparison. If anything, Miss Lucilla Marjoribanks is even more confident, self-assured, and imperious than Miss Emma Woodhouse. Miss Marjoribanks is a no-nonsense, [...]

    12. If I could give 3.5 stars for this, I certainly would. I may actually come back and up this to 4 stars some day.A few things I had to keep in mind while reading1. The book initially came out in monthly installments, so repetition in the text was somewhat necessary to ensure the readers didn't forget what was going on, or what had happened. ("be a comfort to dear papa," however, was a phrase repeated a few times too many.2. Practicing basic common sense and maintaining a sense of calm, no matter [...]

    13. Some books if you can't catch the rhythm of just became joyless works you have to force march yourself through.I kept trying to get through this book, but the writing, flow, and the characters were just too much for me to overcome. I gave up.I know that that was supposed to be a comedy of sorts and it was poking fun at Victorian attitudes. However, the entire book at this point was joyless. Miss Marjoribanks was awful. She either had people who were running around to do her bidding (since she sa [...]

    14. What a great find, and refreshing as it lacks much of the high melodrama so common in most 19th century literature. Miss Lucilla Marjoribanks comes home from school determined to be a comfort to dear papa and sets the good doctor and the entire town on their ears, with her brilliant manipulations. The characters are wonderful, the story has lots of ups and downs that Lucilla is always capable of meeting with great ingenuity and fortitude. There are many wonderful moments and lots of laughter alo [...]

    15. This is a novel about small-town Victorian society told in the driest, most sarcastic style. Oliphant has few illusions about the strictures and privileges of genteel life, an no illusions at all about her sturdy heroine. Miss Lucille Marjoribanks is a strong-willed, large-bodied young woman with little sense of humor or wit but an incredible talent for social interaction. Within a matter of months, she is the center of her little town of Carlingford's society. Told with a light, yet hilarious n [...]

    16. A refreshingly different Victorian novel, in which the heroine and her adventures are described with great affection and subtle irony. After my recent diet of Elizabeth Gaskell, this was delightfully light fare. Why have I never heard of this author before?

    17. This book has changed my mind about Victorian literature. It is exquisitely funny and I absolutely love the cast of characters, but above all others Lucilla is a person I adore. Lucilla is a bit like a refined bull in a china shop, but her heart is in the right place. We get a really entertaining look at social history, from the idea that "one goes off after a certain age" to the intensely vacuous nature of Victorian society. I loved how the story finished and couldn't imagine a more fitting fut [...]

    18. I feel pretty mixed about this book, which is how I feel about Oliphant generally (resourceful lady/a tad reactionary). She's like a Victorian Caitlin Flanagan. While it seemed to take me forever and a day to finish the book, each section had its own wee narrative motor propelling things along quite nicely. Will Lucilla--the title character--host a successful 'Evening' for Carlingford's fragmented society? Will her father insist on employing a companion for her? Will Mr. Cavendish choose the ups [...]

    19. I wasn't able to shake off the shade of Jane Austen's Emma when reading this book, my first foray into Oliphant's oeuvre. Like Emma, Lucilla Marjoribanks is a sublimely self-confident young woman, a dominant force within her finite social world, and determined to use what you might call her social capital for the good of those around her (even if those she takes under her wing are sometimes ungrateful, or too obtuse to take full advantage of her patronage). Like Emma, Lucilla manages to get away [...]

    20. It was an interesting example of the small country society novel with similarities to Emma. In fact, Lucilla Marjoribanks gives Emma Woodhouse a run for her money, her ambitions is of a larger scale.(view spoiler)[At first, I pitied poor Dr. Marjoribanks who had been living almost as a bachelor and his life i disrupter by a daughter who is skilled and determined to rule Carlingford, all with the convinient excuse of "the object of my life to be a comfort to papa". She subtly manipulates and use [...]

    21. Like the other novel by Mrs. Oliphant I read, this is a leisurely and sometimes humorous work that chronicles daily life in a small 19th century country town in Britain. The book starts off a bit slowly, as Miss Marjoribanks carefully works out her plan to shape the society of her town in her image by means of her Thursday evening entertainments. Oliphant is especially humorous here in the way she repeatedly uses the exact same phraseology to praise Miss Marjoribanks' "genius" at organizing soci [...]

    22. Oliphant’s Miss Marjoribanks follows Lucilla Marjoribanks on her quest to become the reigning monarch-figure of the small English country town of Carlingford. Oliphant represents English Victorian society in a heavily sarcastic, mock-heroic manner, and pokes fun at the preoccupation with the importance of domestic duties put on women. Lucilla is queen of domestic arts, and Carlingford is her kingdom. Through the third person narration, Oliphant does a good job of implying there is more going o [...]

    23. Free on kindle. 3 1/2. Had good reviews. Said to try this if you like Jane Austen with a little more spunk.(At least I thought that's what someone said??) Had one of the funniest openings I've read, ever. Nice story, somewhat repetitive (on purpose, for effect, nevertheless still annoying). Liked the characters, interesting enough plot. But not a thrilling page-turner by any means, nor a must-read unless you are a particular fan of Victorian Women's Fictionwhich I am. I did like her style. She's [...]

    24. A great thick Victorian novel about a young woman I suspect I would not like if we met in real life. But on the page her obtuse self-regard is kind of charming. Lucilla Marjoribanks (pronounced "Marchbanks") manages everything and everyone in the society of her small town. When she is faced with a financial crisis in the last third of the book, her precarious position as an unmarried, middle-class woman in Victorian society is made chillingly immediate. The most pointed feminist observations, th [...]

    25. This was my first read of a novel by Margaret Oliphant and it will be, for the foreseeable future at least, the last time I will read her. Yes, I did find much gentle wit and satire, and yes the novel did shine a light, albeit rather feebly, of the foibles and many serious gender issues in the 19C, but the haystack was large and the needle was small, and the effort not really worth the time.Jane Austen is able to create more engaging characters and write about gender issues with more insight and [...]

    26. Lucilla Marjoribanks is an interesting character study. She is something of a cross between Jane Austen’s Emma and E.F. Benson’s Lucia. She is as equally controlling as both of those other ladies, setting herself up as Queen Bee in Carlingford society, but she is more intelligent than Emma and not as deliberately mischievous as Lucia. However as a novel Miss Marjoribanks is lacking in plot and would benefit from a Mapp-like antagonist to create some conflict. The first three quarters of the [...]

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