Women in the Literary Market 1800-1900

Henrietta Anne Duff, 1842-1879
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Henrietta Duff was the daughter of Vice-Admiral Norwich Duff. A lifelong invalid, she died of heart disease at the age of thirty-seven. Duff wrote three novels and a volume of verse. Virginia, a love story about an English sculptor, was the only one of her four works to be published in her lifetime.

Duff's letter concerns the acceptance and publication of her novel Virginia, 1877. She suggests that the book could be illustrated by Mr. Ridley, describing him as "one of the best illustrators to the ‘Graphic,’ ‘Good words,’-& his drawings wd of course make the work much more attractive." She mentions that she would like Virginia to be published in two volumes, which did not happen, but the one volume edition included four interesting etched plates by Ridley.

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[top] Henrietta Anne Duff. Virginia: A Roman Sketch. London: R. Bentley, 1877. [bottom] Autograph letter to Bentley's, September 8, 1876.
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