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Caroline Fox

(1819—1871) diarist


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(1819–71) Diarist, of an old Quaker family, born at Falmouth, whose Memories of Old Friends (1882, ed. Horace N. Pym: extracts from journals and letters which cover the years 1835–71) contains vivid recollections of John Sterling, the Carlyles, Elizabeth Fry, the Coleridges, and other eminent Victorians. Her turn of mind was predominantly serious and reflective, but she could also be very entertaining, as her account of an evening in 1842 with the Carlyles discussing Swedenborg bears witness. A selection of her journals, Caroline Fox 1835–1971, ed. Wendy Monk, was published in 1972.

From The Oxford Companion to English Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.


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