The Story of a Modern Woman (1894) / Edition 1

The Story of a Modern Woman (1894) / Edition 1

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The Story of a Modern Woman (1894) / Edition 1

Ella Hepworth Dixon’s The Story of a Modern Woman originally appeared in serial form in the women’s weekly The Lady’s Pictorial. Like Hepworth Dixon herself, the novel’s heroine Mary Erle is a woman writer struggling to make her living as a journalist in the 1880s. Forced by her father’s sudden death to support herself, Mary Erle turns to writing three-penny-a-line fiction, works that (as her editor insists) must have a ball in the first volume, a picnic and a parting in the second, and an opportune death in the third.

This Broadview edition’s rich selection of historical documents helps contextualize The Story of a Modern Woman in relation to contemporary debates about the “New Woman.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781551113807
Publisher: Broadview Press
Publication date: 01/14/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 295
Sales rank: 1,306,537
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Ella Hepworth Dixon: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text

The Story of a Modern Woman

Appendix A: Contemporary Reviews of The Story of a Modern Woman

  1. From W.T. Stead’s Review of Reviews, vol. 10, 1894
  2. The Athenæum, 16 June 1894
  3. The Times, 30 June 1894
  4. The New York Times, 10 June 1894
  5. The New York Tribune, 11 October 1894
  6. The Westminster Review, vol. 142, 1894
  7. The Critic, 9 March 1895

Appendix B: 1883 Map of London and Locations Mentioned in the Novel

Appendix C: Victorian Fear at the End of the Century: The “New Woman” Debate

  1. Sarah Grand, “The New Aspect of the Woman Question,” 1894
  2. From Ouida’s “The New Woman,” 1894
  3. “Character Note: The New Woman,” 1894
  4. From Ella W.Winston’s “Foibles of the New Woman,” 1896
  5. From Hugh Stutfield’s “Tommyrotics,” 1895
  6. From Hugh Stutfield’s “The Psychology of Feminism,” 1897

Appendix D: The New Woman as “Wild Woman”: The Exchange between E.L. Linton and Mona Caird

  1. From Eliza Lynn Linton’s “The Wild Women as Politicians,” 1891
  2. From Eliza Lynn Linton’s “The Wild Women as Social Insurgents,” 1891
  3. From Eliza Lynn Linton’s “The Partisans of the Wild Women,” 1892
  4. From Mona Caird’s “A Defence of the So-Called ‘Wild Women’,” 1892

Appendix E: Marriage

  1. From Mona Caird’s “Marriage,” 1888
  2. Ella Hepworth Dixon, “Why Women Are Ceasing to Marry,” 1899

Appendix F: Literary Censorship in Victorian England

  1. From George Moore’s Literature at Nurse, or Circulating Morals, 1885
  2. Walter Besant, Eliza Lynn Linton, and Thomas Hardy, “Candour in Fiction,” 1890

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