Tuesday, June 7, 2011

On June 7

On this day in ...
... 1831 (190 years ago today), Amelia Edwards (right) was born in London, England. (photo credit) Home-schooled by her English mother, she began publishing her writings while still a child. Her 1st novel was published when she was 24, and her 1864 novel about bigamy cemented her reputation as a popular writer. About a decade later Edwards made her 1st trip to Egypt, resulting in a travelogue, A Thousand Miles up the Nile, that featured her own drawings and was a bestseller. (image credit) She thus became an Egyptologist, writing and lecturing on the country and culture, and founding and supporting the Egypt Exploration Fund. Following Edwards' death from influenza at age 60, her collection and library were bequeathed to University College London, where the Edwards Chair of Egyptology was established.

(Prior June 7 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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