Women in the Literary Market 1800-1900


Clementina Black
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Women novelists used fiction to promote a variety of progressive social agendas. Clementina Black was a suffragist and trade unionist who campaigned to improve industrial conditions for women. She was a co-founder of the women’s Labour Bureau, which led to the formation of the Women’s Industrial Council in 1894. Black wrote seven novels, including this one about a socialist strike leader.

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Clementina Black. An Agitator. London: Bliss, Sands and Foster, 1894.
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early role models
entering the literary market
learned poets
getting into print
charlotte bronte and george eliot
sin and sensation
new women
L.T. Meade
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