Ella Hepworth Dixon: The Story of a Modern Woman (The by Valerie Fehlbaum

By Valerie Fehlbaum

In a occupation that spanned over 40 years, Ella Hepworth Dixon (1857-1932) was once alternately journalist, critic, essayist, brief tale author, novelist, editor of a women's journal, dramatist, and autobiographer. After an preliminary attractiveness, although, Ella Hepworth Dixon's paintings, like that of nearly all of her contemporaries, remained principally unread for many years. In her new research, Valerie Fehlbaum sheds gentle on Dixon's lifestyles and paintings, and offers profound perception not just into Dixon herself yet into the multifaceted personality of the 'New lady' author that Dixon typified. The determine of the recent girl as representing new-found highbrow, social, and political freedom got here to the fore in the direction of the top of the 19th century whilst the time period 'woman' was once being interrogated on each possible point. In heated debates approximately woman's nature, basic questions comparable to 'what is a woman?' and 'what does a girl want?' have been followed by way of subsidiary controversies in regards to the specific function she may still play in society. Fehlbaum's re-examination of Dixon's assorted literary output complements our figuring out of this era of radical switch for girls, and indicates that Ella Hepworth Dixon's writing is still as full of life and pertinent this day because it was once while it used to be first published.

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