May 23, 2012

Like Stratford upon Avon, Shakespeare’s texts were themselves also adopted, with varying degrees of success and anxiety, as morally instructive works for young readers.  In her “Essays on Shakespeare’s Female Characters,” Anna Jameson sought to improve young women through vignettes of Shakespearean female characters, as here with Juliet, Lady Macbeth, and a scene of instruction in the library.

 

 

Anna Jameson, Characteristics of women, moral, poetical and historical: with fifty vignette etchings  (London, 1832).  From the collections of the Beinecke Library, Yale University

 

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