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Type: Book
Title: The Raven at her Writing-Desk: Letters 1849-1889 of Amelia Louisa Vaux Gretton (née Le Mesurier, a.k.a. the Raven)
Author: Gretton, Amelia Louisa Vaux
Gretton, Emily
Issue Date: 1-Sep-2016
Abstract: This is a story of love, terrible loss, family and faith. It is also a historical document. It spans the second half of the 19th century. It spans the oceans, by sail and by steam. In Australia Amelia casts a withering eye on early colonial society. In Italy she chronicles the life of an Anglo-Italian banking family against the background of the Risorgimento. And cholera. In Britain she engages with provincial society, the American civil war, the future career of Kaiser Bill, imperial expansion, education for the gentry and for the poor, sponsored emigration, church schisms, literary lions - and lionesses, socialist agitation, Irish terrorism, London fogs.
Keywords: Gretton family
Adelaide, South Australia - 19th century - Description
Melbourne, Victoria - 19th century - Description
South Australia - History - 19th century - Sources
Gretton, Amelia Louisa Vaux - Correspondence
Italy - 19th Century - description and travel
Description: "This digital version of the 1890s typescript was edited by five of the Ravenʼs descendants in 2015-16. In the mid-1980s a great-great-granddaughter Priscilla Chenevix Trench (granddaughter of George Foster Gretton) made a photocopy of the original typescript (no longer to be found). She and three other great-great-grandchildren, siblings Edward Gretton, Hester Hawkes and Thomas Gretton (grandchildren of John Cunliffe Gretton), together with Emily Gretton, a great-great-great-granddaughter of the latter lineage, worked together to produce this edition. The introduction to this edition by Emily Gretton." This version of the texts of the letters copyright © Emily Frances Gretton 2016. For copyright inquiries please email
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