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The Whirligig of Time

Margaret Oliphant in Her Later Years

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Judith van Oosterom

Contents: Introduction to the work and an outline of its contents – A brief biography of Oliphant’s life from 1828 to 1897 – Her (over)productivity related to fiction in the 1880s and 1890s – A synopsis of Oliphant’s later and, in particular, less well known novels – A selection of short stories and their importance as a genre – Margaret Oliphant’s connection with the Blackwood family and their company – The female journalist and her place in the (male) world of the periodical – Life as a female contributor: a reviewer and critic in the late nineteenth century – An overview of her articles and journalism from later years – Autobiography, biography and Margaret Oliphant’s handling of it – Some thoughts on works of non-fiction from the 1880s and 1890s – The revelatory nature of Oliphant’s autobiography and some of her letters – Summary and conclusions regarding her position in the literary canon.