Women in the Literary Market 1800-1900

 

Old Maids
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First published in London in 1835, this satirical look at unmarried women demonstrates that women who did not choose the conventional paths of marriage and children were fair targets for ridicule.

Chapter eight explores the phenomenon of "Literary Old Maids." The male author observes:

Hard is the fortune of Literary Maidens. They are eyed suspiciously by their own sex, and avoided by the majority of ours…

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Old Maids, Their Varieties, Characters, and Conditions. New York: C. Shepard, 1835.
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entering the literary market
learned poets
getting into print
charlotte bronte and george eliot
sin and sensation
new women
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L.T. Meade
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