Anna Brownell Murphy Jameson|
(1794 - 1860) Ireland
First attracted attention in 1826 with A Lady's Diary (later re-titled The Diary of an Ennuyée), describing a visit to Italy. The work for which she is now chiefly remembered is Characteristics of Women (1832, later known as Shakespeare's Heroines), dedicated to Fanny Kemble. She saw Shakespeare as "the Poet of Womankind", whose eroines display all the aspects and complexities of womanhood. She was a close friend of the Brownings and of M. R. Mitford.