Women in the Literary Market 1800-1900

Mary Cholmondeley, 1859-1925
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Cholmondeley was introduced to George Bentley, who published three of her novels, by her friend the successful novelist Rhoda Broughton.

In this letter, she discusses her novel A Devotee: An Episode in the Life of a Butterfly. The work was serialized in Temple Bar from August to October 1896. The letter concerns the revisions she has been making to the novel. She finds it difficult to go back to a story after she has stopped thinking about it, but admits the second half needs reworking. She makes several suggestions but adds, "Please forgive me beforehand if the story proves obstinate."

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Mary Cholmondeley. Autograph letter to Richard Bentley, June 2, 1896.
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