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The mysterious search for the Cardinal’s girlfriend

June 3, 2016

An excerpt from an OUPblog article published on Wednesday 1st June 2016, authored by Lesley Higgins, Professor of English at York University (Toronto, Canada), and an editorial board member for Oxford Scholarly Editions Online.

'From the goosebump-producing thrills of Wilkie Collins’s fiction and the melodramas on offer at the Royal Princess’ Theatre to the headlines blaring in the Illustrated Police News, the Victorians savoured the sensational. The attention-seeking title above is patently untrue, yet, for more than five decades, John Henry Newman (the Cardinal) was emotionally, spiritually, and textually connected with a woman who just happened to be linked to the family of Gerard Manley Hopkins, the Jesuit poet. The woman in question, Maria Rosina Giberne, was and is a wholly intriguing figure.'

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