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Anna Jameson

(1794 - 1860)

Anna Brownell was born in Dublin. When she was four, her family moved to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where her father worked as a miniaturist and portrait painter. She was a governess for fifteen years before marrying Robert Jameson, who often got sent across the globe for various legal positions. Anna Jameson preferred to stay home and contribute to her prolific body of work, which included novels, biographies, and other nonfiction, including Memoirs of Celebrated Female Sovereigns and Characteristics of Women. One of her most famous books, however, was completed when she was forced to relocate to Toronto, where she wrote Winter Studies and Summer Rambles in Canada.

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The only competition worthy a wise man is with himself.

—Anna Jameson, 1846

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