Women in the Literary Market 1800-1900


Matilda Betham-Edwards, 1836-1919
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Miss Betham-Edwards hyphenated her name to include her mother's maiden name. In her sixty-two years as an active writer, she wrote dozens of novels, children's books, and books about France. After her father's death in 1864, she moved to London and became a prominent member of the London literary world; her friends included George Eliot, Coventry Patmore, and Sarah Grand.

Bentham-Edwards visited France for the first tiem in 1875. Over the next forty years, She published multiple works on the political sympathies, econ-omic conditions, and regional characteristics of nearly every part of France.

Before her death she was granted the honor of a civil list pension by the British government. But the crowning achievement of Betham-Edwards's life came in 1891, when France awarded her the title of Officier de l'Instruction Publique de France.

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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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