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The Female Portrait Gallery

By
Letitia Elizabeth Landon


Taken from
Blanchard’s
Life and Literary Remains
1841



Note:


This was the beginning of an ongoing project that was to analyse female characters in
fiction, not only from Sir Walter Scott but from other major authors as well. A small
number had already been published in The New Monthly Magazine and, prior to her
death, Mrs MacLean sent this collection to Mr. Blanchard with a view to their being
published by Charles Heath, as ‘Essays on the Female Characters in Walter Scott’, on
a fortnightly basis from January, 1839 (this from the accompanying letter).