Women in the Literary Market 1800-1900

Education
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In the nineteenth century, English society assumed women to be intellectually inferior to men, and that too much education would "ruin" girls, making them unfit for marriage and motherhood. Consequently, most middle and upper middle class girls were taught little beyond basic reading and writing, and instead were trained in "accomplishments," such as music, drawing, and dancing, to better attract eligible suitors.

Yet women who hoped to have their writing taken seriously in the same arena with men’s needed to attain a comparable level of education–education that was all but closed to them for most of the century.

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introduction
early role models
entering the literary market
learned poets
getting into print
charlotte bronte and george eliot
sin and sensation
new women
education
journalism
activism
L.T. Meade
the three volume format
credits
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