Saint Mary's University Writing Centre

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The Beautiful and Intelligent Božena Němcová: one of the great Czech writers of the nineteenth century | by senior writing tutor, Dr. Sheelagh Russell-Brown

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The Beautiful and Intelligent Božena Němcová: one of the great Czech writers of the nineteenth century, by Dr. Sheelagh Russell-Brown

Excerpt from the article:

“This is not a fairytale, but the details of the early life of the woman who was to become one of the most noted Czech writers of the nineteenth century, a collector and transcriber of several collections of Czech and Slovak fairy tales, as well as the author of the novels Podhorská Vesnice (The Village Under the Mountains) and Babička (The Grandmother), an idealised narrative based on her own grandmother, and a member of Czech nationalist circles at a time when Bohemia was struggling to throw off the yoke of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.”

 

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