Biographical Material

Social and political contexts



An 1864 advertisement for two works by Cobbe. Click on image to enlarge it.

Caine, Barbara. [Review of] The Theological and Ethical Writings of Frances Power Cobbe, 1822-1904. Victorian Studies 45.4 (Summer 2003): 748-749.

“This. . . is the first sustained and detailed discussion of her theological and ethical writings. . . . Peacock includes revealing discussions of her disagreements and correspondence with Charles Darwin, Francis Galton, J. S. Mill, and Herbert Spencer and suggests that Cobbe was the primary target of John Ruskin's well-known fulmination against women who meddle with theology in his Sesame and Lilies (1865). What Peacock offers is not so much an analysis of Cobbe's theological and ethical writings as an account of how they developed and changed across the course of her life. This seems by far the best approach to Cobbe.” — Project Muse.

Cobbe, Frances Power. The Duties of Women. A Course of Lectures. 8th American ed. Chicago: Woman's Temperance Publication Association, 1887. Internet Archive version of copy in the N.Y. Public Library. Web. 8 July 2014.

Cobbe, Frances Power. The Theological and Ethical Writings of Frances Power Cobbe, 1822-1904 . Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2002.

Mitchell, Sally Frances Power Cobbe: Victorian Feminist, Journalist, Reformer. Charlottesville and London: University of Virginia Press, 2004.

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