Margaret Oliphant was a Victorian era Scottish novelist (over 95 novels), essayist and biographer. Her contemporaries included Charles Dickens and George Eliot. Despite the talented competition, Mrs. Oliphant (her preferred writing name) was said to be the Queen’s favorite writer.
Her writing is expressive and intelligent, and her output was extraordinary. She had a reputation for asserting herself with her male editors and publishers, too. Her personal life was no picnic, and she outlived her husband and all of her seven children.
She still manages to speak to the modern woman. The quote above sounds so fresh, it could have been written by style icon Iris Apfel, or one of my fellow fashion bloggers. Rock on, Mrs. Oliphant, you had it right all those decades ago.
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