Amelia B. Edwards
English Author, Traveller and Lecturer
1831 – 1892 A.D.
Amelia B. Edwards, an English author, traveller [sic] and lecturer. During the early part of her life she achieved distinction as a novelist, critic, and writer on many subjects, and her books describing her visits to various parts of Europe were widely read. In 1878 she published A Thousand Miles up the Nile, which became a classic on Egypt, and was pronounced “one of the brilliant, fascinating books of travel for all time.”
During the winter of 1889 – 1890, at the request of twenty-five college presidents, and such men as Lowell, Whittier, Holmes and Howells, Miss Edwards came to America and delivered a course of lectures on Egypt which were very successful. She was a member of many learned societies, and wrote the article on Egyptology in the Encyclopedia Brittanica
By her will she gave her valuable liberary [sic] to Somerville Hall, a college for women at Oxford. She is gratefully remembered for her winsome presence and generous nature, and for her scholarship of usefulness in the world of thought.
Reference: Famous Women; An Outline of Feminine Achievement Through the Ages With Life Stories of Five Hundred Noted Women By Joseph Adelman. Copyright, 1926 by Ellis M. Lonow Company.