The intrepid Maria Graham: John Murray's most travelled 'Lady Author'

17 October 2017 1.00pm 1.45pm

Venue:

Lecture Theatre, Weston Library (Map)

Speaker(s):

Dr Carl Thompson, University of Surrey

Contact:

Janet Walwyn | 01865 287156 | Janet Walwyn | janet.walwyn@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

Description

This talk will survey Maria Graham's travels and her literary and intellectual career, paying particular attention to her relationship with John Murray.

Maria Graham (or Maria Callcott, as she was known after her second marriage) was one of John Murray's closest friends, and by far the most widely travelled of the many women authors he published. She visited South Africa and India with her father. With her first husband she cruised the Mediterranean, lived in Italy, visited Brazil and Chile and made a further solo trip to Brazil, before embarking on an extended tour of Europe with her second husband, the celebrated painter Augustus Wall Callcott. She also published a series of erudite, well-regarded travel accounts, which collectively established Graham as the first British woman to build a whole career as a travel writer.

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