Opening the Shutters: Reevaluating Jean Ingelow's Family Ties Academic Article uri icon


  • 2018 by The Ohio State University. Jean Ingelow's formative relationships with her mother and siblings, especially her brother George, have been omitted or misrepresented in her two biographies. By reexamining the documentary history of an anecdote about the young Jean Ingelow having written poetry on the shutters of her room the article argues for the importance of reading these biographies critically and in conversation with neglected primary sources. Such a reading both illuminates her family's support of, and influence on, Jean Ingelow's career, and demonstrates the value of forms of biography that do not separate authors from family and community.

published proceedings

  • Victorians A Journal of Culture and Literature

altmetric score

  • 0.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Ives, M.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Ives, Maura

publication date

  • June 2018