Aguilar, Grace

  • Katie Klein BoothEmail author
Living reference work entry


Grace Aguilar’s works include children and young adult literature comprising poetry, short stories, novels, drama, religious polemics, essays, and biographies. She was regularly published in religious and popular journals, during and after her lifetime, alongside popular writers like Sir Walter Scott and Charles Dickens. In the American literary marketplace, she was active in nineteenth-century literary circles via the Jewish communities and intellectual hubs of the East Coast, thanks to Jewish American writers and thinkers, both male and female. Her Jewish and English historical romances revise many of the gender and nationalist concerns of popular Gothic novels, like Ann Radcliffe’s The Italian (1797), and popular Historical Novels, like Jane Porter’s The Scottish Chiefs (1809). Aguilar’s literature also anticipates the Victorian gender and religious concerns in popular novels, like Charlotte Bronte’s Villette(1853). Though she died very young at 31, Aguilar’s canon was...


Historical romance Historical novel Juvenilia Domestic novel Literary Gothic National tale Medieval romance Conduct literature Periodical publishing Jewish literature Anti-Catholic literature 
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  1. Aguilar, Grace. 1844. Records of Israel, 1–84. London: John Mortimer.Google Scholar
  2. ———. 1853. In Home scenes and heart studies, ed. Sarah Aguilar. New York: D. Appleton and Company.Google Scholar
  3. ———. 1871. The days of Bruce; a story from Scottish history. New York: D. Appleton and Company.Google Scholar
  4. ———. 1874. The vale of cedars; or, the martyr. New York: D. Appleton and Company.Google Scholar
  5. ———. 1908. Tales from British history: Edmund the exiled prince and Wallace the dauntless chief. London: Routledge.Google Scholar
  6. UCL Special Collections. n.d. Grace Aguilar Collection, MS ADD 378, Boxes A and B.Google Scholar

Critical Literature

  1. Bulwer-Lytton, Edward. 1853. Zanoni. London: G. Routledge and Company.Google Scholar
  2. Crosland, Mrs. Newton (Camilla Toulmin). 1893. Landmarks of a Literary Life, 1820–1892. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons.Google Scholar
  3. Galchinsky, Michael. 1996. The origin of the modern Jewish woman writer: Romance and reform in Victorian England. Detroit: Wayne State University Press.Google Scholar
  4. ———. 1997. Modern Jewish women’s dilemmas: Grace Aguilar’s bargains. Literature and Theology 1 (1): 27–45.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. ———, ed. 2003. Grace Aguilar: Selected writings. Orchard Park: Broadview Press Ltd.Google Scholar
  6. Klein, Kathrine. 2005. AnOther Scribbler: Grace Aguilar’s anglicized Jewish woman. eSharp 6:1–16.Google Scholar
  7. ———. 2007a. Grace Aguilar’s ‘Edict’: Empowering domesticity in ‘The edict: A tale of 1492’. eSharp 9:1–16.Google Scholar
  8. ———. 2007b. The origins of Grace Aguilar’s ideal domesticity. Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies 6.1(Spring 2010):1–15.Google Scholar
  9. ———. 2009. Scottish angels in the Reign of Victoria. Victorians Institute Journal: Victorian Scotland 37: 7–29.Google Scholar
  10. ——— 2010a. Other desires in Charlotte Brontë’s Villette and Grace Aguilar’s Vale of Cedars. Brontë Studies: Brontës in Context 35.2:107–117.Google Scholar
  11. ———. 2010b. Victorian Cherubs in Grace Aguilar’s historical romances. Leeds Working Papers in Victorian Studies: Victorian Childhoods 11:109–117.Google Scholar
  12. ———. 2010c. Grace Aguilar’s historical romances. PhD dissertation, Queen Mary, University of London.Google Scholar
  13. Toulmin, Camilla. 1847. Grace Aguilar, La Belle Assemblée, transcribed by Sarah Aguilar (UCL Special Collections, Grace Aguilar Collection, MS ADD 378, Box B, n.d.)Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.English DepartmentMoorpark CollegeMoorparkUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Emily Morris
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  1. 1.St. Thomas More College, University of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada