Odd Women

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"The impoverished Madden sisters are ill-equipped to support themselves when their father dies, and Monica sees her only chance of escape from a life of grinding misery in marriage. When she is befriended by two independent women, who strive to educate single women to take control of their destinies, the choices that lie ahead for all of them are starkly defined." The Odd Women is a dramatic exploration of the dilemmas facing the single woman at the turn of the century. Set in grimy, fog-ridden London, the novel paints a vivid portrait of the
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"The impoverished Madden sisters are ill-equipped to support themselves when their father dies, and Monica sees her only chance of escape from a life of grinding misery in marriage. When she is befriended by two independent women, who strive to educate single women to take control of their destinies, the choices that lie ahead for all of them are starkly defined." The Odd Women is a dramatic exploration of the dilemmas facing the single woman at the turn of the century. Set in grimy, fog-ridden London, the novel paints a vivid portrait of the hardships and inequalities in and outside marriage, and of a society whose values are in flux.
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Stephen Arata University of Virginia
"When it comes to the complexities of everyday life in late-Victorian London, there is no better guide than Gissing and no better Gissing than The Odd Women. And now, in Arlene Young’s carefully edited and annotated edition, we have the definitive guide to Gissing’s novel. Students will also find the historical documents gathered in this volume an invaluable resource in the study of the "woman question" and the sociology of work in the 1890s."
The Gissing Journal
"Broadview’s enterprise is especially welcome in the case of The Odd Women, Gissing’s second most commonly studied novel. [This edition] deserves to become the text of choice for teachers—especially given its modest price."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781404322936
  • Publisher: IndyPublish.com
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

George Robert Gissing (1857-1903) was an English novelist who published 23 novels between 1880 and 1903. Gissing also worked as a teacher and tutor throughout his life. He published his first novel, Workers in the Dawn, in 1880. His best known novels, which are published in modern editions, include The Nether World (1889), New Grub Street (1891), and The Odd Women (1893).
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
George Gissing: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text
The Odd Women
Appendix A: Contemporary Reviews
1. Glasgow Herald 20 April 1893
2. Saturday Review 29 April 1893
3. Athenaeum 27 May 1893
4. Pall Mall Gazette 29 May 1893
5. Nation (New York) 13 July 1893
6. Illustrated London News (Clementia Black) 5 August 1893
Appendix B: Attitudes Towards Women and Marriage in Victorian Culture
1. Sarah Ellis, from The Daughters of England (1842)
2. Alfred Lord Tennyson, from The Princess (1847)
3. Coventry Patmore, from The Angel in the House: "The Rose of the World" (1854)
4. Thomas Henry Huxley, from "Emancipation—Black and White," Reader (1865)
5. John Ruskin, from "Of Queens' Gardens," in Sesame and Lilies (1865)
6. John Stuart Mill, from The Subjection of Women (1869)
7. Mona Caird, from "Marriage," Westminster Review (1888)
Appendix C: Debate over the "Woman Question"
1. Grant Allen, from "Plain Words on the Woman Question," The Fortnightly Review (1889)
2. Bernard Shaw, from "The Womanly Woman," The Quintessence of Ibsenism (1891)
3. Eliza Lynn Linton, from "The Wild Women: As Politicians," Nineteenth Century (1891)
4. Eliza Lynn Linton, from "The Wild Women: As Insurgents," Nineteenth Century (1891)
5. Mona Caird, "A Defense of the So-Called 'Wild Women'," Nineteenth Century (1891)
6. From "Character Note: The New Woman" Cornhill Magazine (1894)
7. Nat Arling, "What is the Role of the 'New Woman?'" Westminster Review (1898)
Appendix D: Women and Paid Employment
1. Charlotte Brontë, from Shirley (1849)
2. From "The Disputed Question," English Woman's Journal (1858)
3. Evelyn March Phillips, from "The Working Lady in London," Fortnightly Review (1892)
4. Clara Collet, from "The Employment of Women," Report to the Royal Commission on Labour (1893)
5. Frances H. Low, from "How Poor Ladies Live," Nineteenth Century (1897)
6. Eliza Orme, from "How Poor Ladies Live: A Reply," Nineteenth Century (1897)
Appendix E: Conditions of Work for Men in the White-Collar Sector
1. James Fitzjames Stephen, from "Gentlemen" Cornhill Magazine (1862)
2. B.O. Orchard, from The Clerks of Liverpool (1871)
3. Charles Edward Parsons, from Clerks: their position and advancement (1876)
4. Thomas Sutherst, from Death and Disease Behind the Counter (1884)
5. H.G. Wells, from Kipps (1905)
6. H.G. Wells, from Experiment in Autobiography (1934)
Appendix F: Map of London (1892)
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