The Woman Who Did

The Woman Who Did

by Grant Allen
     
 

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The controversial subject matter of Grant Allen's novel, The Woman Who Did, made it a major bestseller in 1895. The central character of "The Woman Who Did" is a youthful, self-assured middle-class woman who defies tradition as a matter of principle and who is totally ready to suffer the results of her actions. First published in London as part of a series meant to

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The controversial subject matter of Grant Allen's novel, The Woman Who Did, made it a major bestseller in 1895. The central character of "The Woman Who Did" is a youthful, self-assured middle-class woman who defies tradition as a matter of principle and who is totally ready to suffer the results of her actions. First published in London as part of a series meant to promote the ideal of the 'New Woman'. Allen was sympathetic to the feminist cause and saw his novel as a way to promote women's rights. The novel was controversial from the start, as conservative readers and feminists both criticized Allen for the heroine he invented.

Editorial Reviews

Kathy Alexis Psomiades Duke University
"Ruddick's new edition of The Woman Who Did makes a wonderful addition to Broadview's growing list of key fin de siècle texts. Placing Grant Allen's polemical short novel in the context both of his career as a public intellectual and of ongoing debates about sex, marriage, gender, and eugenics, the introduction and selected primary sources help explain the stakes behind the uproar that surrounded the novel's publication. The supplementary material on marriage debates of the 1880s and 1890s, as well as the selections from initial reviews of the novel, are particularly helpful in this regard. A splendid resource for those interested in the Victorian fin de siècle, and the nineteenth-century Woman Question."
Ann L. Ardis University of Delaware
"This meticulously edited reprint of Grant Allen's notorious 1895 novel is an important and very welcome addition to Broadview Press's increasingly rich library of once-popular eighteenth- and nineteenth-century texts by women that have, for many years now, languished in archives accessible only to scholars. Nicholas Ruddick's thoughtful introduction and the appendices—which include contemporary reviews, source materials, excerpts from the Marriage Debate, 1888-1895, and key non-fiction prose writings by Grant Allen—will be invaluable resources."
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“Ruddick’s new edition of The Woman Who Did makes a wonderful addition to Broadview’s growing list of key fin de siècle texts. Placing Grant Allen’s polemical short novel in the context both of his career as a public intellectual and of ongoing debates about sex, marriage, gender, and eugenics, the introduction and selected primary sources help explain the stakes behind the uproar that surrounded the novel’s publication. The supplementary material on marriage debates of the 1880s and 1890s, as well as the selections from initial reviews of the novel, are particularly helpful in this regard. A splendid resource for those interested in the Victorian fin de siècle, and the nineteenth-century Woman Question.” — Kathy Alexis Psomiades, Duke University

“This meticulously edited reprint of Grant Allen’s notorious 1895 novel is an important and very welcome addition to Broadview Press’s increasingly rich library of once-popular eighteenth- and nineteenth-century texts by women that have, for many years now, languished in archives accessible only to scholars. Nicholas Ruddick’s thoughtful introduction and the appendices—which include contemporary reviews, source materials, excerpts from the Marriage Debate, 1888-1895, and key non-fiction prose writings by Grant Allen—will be invaluable resources.” — Ann L. Ardis, University of Delaware

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781481259507
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
12/14/2012
Pages:
110
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.23(d)

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Nicholas Ruddick is a Professor of English at the University of Regina. He is the editor of the Broadview edition of H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine (2001).

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