Margaret Oliphant


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Margaret Oliphant Wilson Oliphant (née Margaret Oliphant Wilson) (4 April 1828 – 25 June 1897), was a Scottish novelist and historical writer, who usually wrote as Mrs. Oliphant.

The daughter of Francis W. Wilson (c.1788–1858), a clerk, and his wife, Margaret Oliphant (c.1789–1854), she was born at Wallyford, near Musselburgh, East Lothian, and spent her childhood at Lasswade (near ... more »

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  • ''There is something very solemn in the thought of a great spirit like hers entering the spiritual world which she did not believe in. If we are right in our faith, what a blessed surprise for her!''
    Margaret Oliphant (1828-1897), British novelist, historian. Letter, December 26, 1880. Autobiography and Letters of Mrs. Margaret Oliphant (1899). ...
  • ''As for pictures and museums, that don't trouble me. The worst of going abroad is that you've always got to look at things of that sort. To have to do it at home would be beyond a joke.''
    Margaret Oliphant (1828-1897), British novelist, historian. Clarence Copperhead, in Phoebe, Junior, ch. 26 (1876). The fifth of Chronicles of Carl...
  • The first thing which I can record concerning myself is, that I was born.... These are wonderful words. This life, to which neither time nor eternity can bring diminution—this everlasting living ...
    Margaret Oliphant (1828-1897), British novelist, historian. Memoirs and Resolutions of Adam Graeme, of Mossgray, vol. 1, bk. 1, ch. 1 (1852).
  • ''For everybody knows that it requires very little to satisfy the gentlemen, if a woman will only give her mind to it.''
    Margaret Oliphant (1828-1897), British novelist, historian. Miss Marjoribanks, ch. 13, Chronicles of Carlingford, no. 4 (1866).
  • ''Temptations come, as a general rule, when they are sought.''
    Margaret Oliphant (1828-1897), British novelist, historian. Miss Marjoribanks, ch. 47 (1866). Fourth of Chronicles of Carlingford.
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