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  Jane Welsh Carlyle Wednesday 7 November 2001  
She called him her 'man of genius'. After her death, he wrote that 'the light of his life had gone out'.

For forty years, Jane Welsh Carlyle acted as the perfect wife for her husband Thomas. While his books and essays made him a household name, it was only after she had died that her letters and diaries were revealed to be literary masterpieces in their own right.
In this, the bicentenary of her birth, Jenni talks to Dr Aileen Christianson to celebrate the life of a novelist manqué.
Dr Aileen Christianson has edited The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (Vols. 1-28, Duke University Press, 1970-2000; continuing).
An evening of words and music to celebrate the bicentenary will be held on Saturday 10th November at 7pm at St Mary's Church, Haddington, East Lothian, where Jane Welsh Carlyle is buried.
Tickets are £4.00 (£2.00 concessions) and can be purchased from the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Jane Welsh Carlyle


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