Jane (Webb) Loudon (1807-1858)

Jane (Webb) Loudon (1807-1858) was orphaned at the age of 17. In order to support herself, she wrote a novel set in the 21st century called The Mummy. Influenced by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Loudon’s tale of a reanimated mummy depicts a future in which morality is no longer a concern as it was in Regency England. Loudon was horrified by her perception of England as a society that was degenerating for lack of moral standards. In The Mummy!, she creates a utopia in which moral imperatives drive human science, making science and technology not the enemy, but rather positive forces in the future of humankind

http://tinyurl.com/3ahdux < < text online @ google This caught the attention of John Loudon, a well-respected landscape gardener who Jane later married. Finding many of her husband’s gardening books too technical, she wrote Instructions in Gardening for Ladies (1840) in clear simple language. This book proved extremely popular, selling more than 20,000 copies. She went on to write The Ladies Flower-Garden in 1840 and Botany for Ladies in 1842. and is now best known as one of the nineteenth century’s most successful horticulture illustrators.

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