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Women in Print: Writing Women and Women’s Magazines from the Restoration to the Accession of Victoria

Literary essay


by
Alison Adburgham

Book Details

Format: EPUB

Page count: 304 pages

File size: 14.8 MB

Protection: DRM

Language: English

‘This book should be regarded as rescue work. It salvages from pre-Victorian periodicals from the limbo of forgotten publications, and exhumes from long undisturbed sources a curious collection of women who, at a time when it was considered humiliating for a gentlewoman to earn money, contrived to support themselves by writing, editing, or publishing… sometimes even supporting husbands and children as well…The women who emerge make a motley gallery; but over the years that I have been getting to know them, they have won my respectful affection. More, indeed. To me they are all heroines…’ Alison Adburgham, from her Foreword Magazines addressed to women have a long history in English, and have been subject to condescension for just as long. Alison Adburgham’s groundbreaking volume, first published in 1972, rescues the so-called ‘scribbling female’ from such scorn, not least by documenting just how hard was the struggle for women writers to live by the pen.

‘This book should be regarded as rescue work. It salvages from pre-Victorian periodicals from the limbo of forgotten publications, and exhumes from long undisturbed sources a curious collection of women who, at a time when it was considered humiliating for a gentlewoman to earn money, contrived to support themselves by writing, editing, or publishing… sometimes even supporting husbands and children as well…The women who emerge make a motley gallery; but over… (more)

‘This book should be regarded as rescue work. It salvages from pre-Victorian periodicals from the limbo of forgotten publications, and exhumes from long undisturbed sources a curious collection of women who, at a time when it was considered humiliating for a gentlewoman to earn money, contrived to support themselves by writing, editing, or publishing… sometimes even supporting husbands and children as well…The women who emerge make a motley gallery; but over the years that I have been getting to know them, they have won my respectful affection. More, indeed. To me they are all heroines…’ Alison Adburgham, from her Foreword Magazines addressed to women have a long history in English, and have been subject to condescension for just as long. Alison Adburgham’s groundbreaking volume, first published in 1972, rescues the so-called ‘scribbling female’ from such scorn, not least by documenting just how hard was the struggle for women writers to live by the pen.

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